Panthers to hold blood drive

Register now for the Keep Pounding blood drive at Bank of America Stadium on Friday, July 20 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 21 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 Adams-Tibbs of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas at 704-972-4733 or by visiting www.cbcc.us/donate and entering the sponsor code: Panthers. For every pint of blood that is collected at the blood drive, the Community 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.

"The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas plays an invaluable role in helping area patients, and we are proud to be on their team of supporters," 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."

For those who cannot attend the blood drive on July 20, donors can give blood and still receive a Keep Pounding blood drive T-shirt the following day at the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, located at 4447 South Boulevard in Charlotte, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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.

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