The eighth-annual Sportsman’s Donor Club Challenge Blood Drive will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day at the Medical Center. The Challenge consists of 17 organizations and clubs within Ocean Reef Club and the Key Largo Angler’s Club. Each blood donor is asked to designate their gift of blood to one of these organizations. The organization receiving the most donated blood will be the winner of this year’s Challenge and will be recognized on the Challenge plaque displayed at the Medical Center. Additionally, every donor will receive the eighth-edition collectible pin (pictured at left) to exhibit his or her thoughtful participation in this worthy cause. Click here to download this year’s Challenge poster! (For more information about this year’s Challenge and a list of organizations and past winners, visit the Annual Blood Drive page.)

Jay Holmes

Jay Holmes will be Honorary Chair of the blood drive for the second year in a row. Jay is past Chairman of the Medical Center and he began donating blood as an Eagle Scout while in high school. He is still an avid blood donor who has donated at least 15 gallons in the past 60 years! As a lifelong blood donor, Jay is encouraging YOU to donate blood for the Challenge and help others in their time of need.

Why do we need to donate blood?

As blood cannot be manufactured outside the body and has a limited shelf life, it is necessary that our blood supply be replenished by generous blood donors, like you, continuously. Your blood is needed!

Who needs your donation?

People needing the most blood are being treated for cancer, blood disorders and accidents, as well as those undergoing surgery.

What about blood type?

Your inherited blood type is one of eight types, and your type matters when used for blood transfusions. All types are important.

Can I donate?

There are some restrictions based on your health history and/or prescription use, but most people are eligible. The Medical Center staff will be able to determine whether you are a candidate.

Can I help?

Please contact Judy Harris for information on volunteering to help at the Medical Center on either day of the Challenge.

Help someone in need of blood by joining the Sportsman’s Donor Club Challenge and know that your precious gift can save a life!