Posted on 11/10/2017
Broncos fans scored a big win for patients in need at the 20th annual Drive for Life presented by Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos Tuesday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High welcomed 1,199 attendees, including 233 first-time blood donors. In all, Colorado’s largest single-day blood drive collected 815 blood donations. An additional 375 donors made pre-event donations and 158 donors registered to give blood or platelets at three Bonfils community donor centers that were open Tuesday. Those donors all received the Drive for Life goody bag containing a commemorative lapel pin, T-shirt, laser-signed Demaryius Thomas photo and other items.
All tallied, 1,348 donations will save or enhance the lives of up to 4,044 patients in need, as each donation has the potential to help up to three patients in need.
All donors had the chance to interact with 22 Denver Broncos players over the course of the day, 10 alumni players, eight cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot, Stix the Outlaws mascot and enjoy complimentary food and entertainment. Two active players, rookie Defensive Backs Jamal Carter and Dymonte Thomas also donated blood, as did Broncos Ring of Famer Steve Atwater.
Donations collected Tuesday will help patients across Colorado and beyond in the coming days and weeks. However, more blood donors are needed on a regular basis, especially through the rest of the year, to help ensure a safe and ready supply through the holidays when busy schedules and vacations can cause a dip in donations. Bonfils needs to collect more than 3,000 donation each week to meet patient needs and to be ready for the unexpected. Bonfils operates up to 10 mobile blood drives daily all over Colorado in addition to eight fixed-site donor centers in the Denver area, Boulder and Colorado Springs.
Those who gave blood at Drive for Life will next be eligible to donate on Jan. 2, 2018.
Bonfils’ Marrow Program also added 29 potential donors the Be The Match Registry® providing hope to patients suffering from diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Drive for Life is presented in partnership with the Denver Broncos Football Club and generously sponsored by 9NEWS, Sports Radio 104.3 The FAN, The Denver Post and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.