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Panthers to hold blood drive

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Register now for the annual Keep Pounding blood drive at Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hosted by the Carolina Panthers and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, the blood drive will benefit more than 20 area hospitals.

All donors will receive a Keep Pounding blood drive T-shirt and be eligible to win autographed Panthers memorabilia and VIP trips to Panthers training camp at Wofford College. Stadium tours will be given at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pre-registered donors. Additionally, Panthers team mascot Sir Purr will make special appearances throughout the day.

Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling Lenora Tibbs from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas at 704-972-4733 or by visiting http://www.carolinadonor.org/, clicking on donate and entering the sponsor code Panthers. For every pint of blood that is collected at the blood drive on May 1, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will make a financial contribution to the Keep Pounding Fund to support cancer research efforts at Carolinas Medical Center.

The blood drive will take place in the Visiting Team Locker Room, located on the stadium's ground level. Donors should enter Bank of America Stadium via Morehead Street and follow directional signs from the Morehead Street parking lot to the blood drive entrance.

Donors who are unable to attend the blood drive on May 1 can still give blood through May 31 at any Community Blood Center of the Carolinas location and receive a Keep Pounding blood drive T-shirt. Those wishing to participate in the Keep Pounding blood drive after May 1 must pre-register and use sponsor code 7245.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas was formed in 2001 through the combined efforts of four hospital systems in the region and provides more than 90 percent of the blood supply to 21 area hospitals in North and South Carolina.