Valley communities go head-to-head in the life-saving department July 1 - August 31 during LifeStream Blood Bank’s Eighth Annual Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge.
The City of Indio took top honors from 2015-2018, but was knocked off its perch last summer by La Quinta. The City of Indio's "official" drive this year will be held at the Indio Teen Center (81678 Avenue 46) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, but blood can be donated toward the Indio total at any time during the designated period. For appointments call (800) 879-4484 or visit https://www.lstream.org/9cities/ and designate "Indio" as your city.
Bring a picture ID and utilize ExpressPass (on the day of each drive) to preregister and answer the donor history questions on your smartphone or computer before heading over to the Teen Center to give blood. It’s a great timesaver. Use this link to sign up for Express Pass: https://www.lstream.org/ExpressPass/
The Nine Cities initiative aims to bring greater awareness to the need for local blood donation, especially during summer months. This year, to encourage donations and help identify potential COVID convalescent plasma donors, blood will also be tested for the COVID-19 antibody. Dons will also receive a commemorative 9 Cities Challenge t-shirt.
Nine Cities Challenge bragging rights are on the line, with awards being given to the community that collects the most blood at drives within city limits; the community that hosts the most successful drive; and the community with the highest participation rate per total population (minimum 1 percent required).
“With the effects of COVID-19 still being felt, including a critically low blood supply and many local patients having to wait for treatments that require blood transfusions, the success of this year’s ‘challenge’ is especially vital,” said Rick Axelrod, MD, LifeStream’s president, CEO and medical director. “Since this additional factor is a hard reality, we expanded the challenge to two months, giving residents more opportunities to donate for their city and assist their loved ones, friends, neighbors and colleagues in need.”