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Summer Blood Drive to be Held in Antlers

July 27, 2011

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 Antlers-area residents have an opportunity to donate blood from 12-Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 2 at St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Hall on 501 E Main Street
 
Each blood donation at the Pushmataha Hospital drive will save up to three lives.  All donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a “feel strong,” zoo-themed T-shirt, and health screenings.
 
“With less than 10% of the eligible population actually donating blood, we are grateful for groups such as Pushmataha Hospital that help us keep an adequate blood supply in the difficult summer months,” said Dr. John Armitage, OBI President and CEO.
 
August is the final month for blood donors to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by forgoing the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving blood. In turn, OBI will make a monetary donation of similar value to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ for Oklahomans with these blood disorders - through the gift of life-saving blood - and support of research and treatment initiatives.
 
Anyone who is 16 years old* and generally in good health can donate blood. Blood donations can be made every 56 days. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America, supplying blood to 131 medical facilities in Oklahoma, including Pushmataha Hospital.
 
For more information or to make an appointment, contact Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visit us at www.obi.org. 
 
* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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