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May 11, 2016

- With baseball season under full swing, non-profit regional blood center Blood Assurance is partnering with the Rome Braves to host a blood drive on Friday, May 13, from noon until 6 p.m. at the team's stadium located at 755 Braves Blvd. All community members who make a blood donation will receive an "American Blood Donor" t-shirt, and the first 25 donors will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to any Rome Braves game this season.

"Donors are pivotal to our mission, saving three lives with just one blood donation," said Mindy Quinn, marketing manager for Blood Assurance. "With that in mind, every donation truly has a revolutionary impact, and we encourage those who are able to donate to please come out to our Rome Braves blood drive and be the force that might save your neighbor's life."

Blood Assurance believes in giving back to the communities in which it serves. Blood donations stay local, but, when local supplies are insufficient to meet needs, the organization has a Blood Assurance network of 15 regional donation centers and 13 mobile centers available to help.

"We could think of no better way to give back to the Rome community than by partnering with Blood Assurance and joining in their mission to literally save lives across the region," said Michael Dunn, general manager for the Rome Braves. "We know this mission will speak to the hearts of many in our area, and we hope you all take just half an hour to be the difference in someone's life."

While donors are not required to make appointments, they are encouraged to easily book a time slot at To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids- avoiding caffeine-and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. For questions about donating blood, please call (423) 756-0966. For more information on Blood Assurance, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, please visit


About Blood Assurance

Blood Assurance is a non-profit, full-service regional blood center serving 51 counties and more than 75 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia. Over 540 volunteer blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply these hospitals. Founded in 1972 as a joint effort of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council, and the Chattanooga Jaycees, the mission of Blood Assurance is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need. Blood Assurance is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.