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Panthers to hold Keep Pounding Blood Drive

Posted Mar 23, 2017

Register now for the 10th annual Keep Pounding Blood Drive at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte on May 1.

Register now for the 10th annual Keep Pounding Blood Drive at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte on Monday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hosted by the Carolina Panthers, Carolina's HealthCare System and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, the blood drive will benefit more than 27 area hospitals.

All donors will receive a Keep Pounding Blood Drive t-shirt in addition to an exclusive, one-of-a-kind Carolina Panthers Keep Pounding giveaway. Guests from the Panthers are scheduled to make special appearances throughout the day.

Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling Liliana Burdette of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas at 1-888-59BLOOD or by visiting ncdonor.com and entering the sponsor code: PANTHERS.

"The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas serves an essential role in helping fill the critical need for life-saving blood by local patients, such as those at Levine Children's Hospital. The team is proud to support this important effort," said Riley Fields, the Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "Panthers fans have a strong history of supporting the team's community outreach efforts, and this is a wonderful opportunity for fans to help give the gift of life."

In 2016, Panthers fans rallied to donate over 152 units, impacting over 450 lives. The drive was the largest in team history.  

Convenient parking will be available at the front entrance to the Levine Children's Hospital in Parking Lot A off Blythe Boulevard. Donors should arrive via Kings Drive and follow directional signs from the parking lot to the blood drive entrance.

For every pint of blood collected, 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. One pint can impact up to three patients in local hospitals.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas was formed in 2001 through the combined efforts of five hospital systems in the region and is the local nonprofit, community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to the region's hospitals.