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All Reno Radio Blood Drive Begins

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A big two-day blood drive started strong Tuesday and the United Blood Services (UBS) continues to ask for your donations to help those in need.

The 28th annual All Reno Radio Blood Drive is at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and is bringing out all of the local stations, including our partners at Americomm Broadcasting, to help get the word out.

"It's all Reno personalities, on-air personalities," said Emily Skyle, who hosts a show from 6 a.m. to noon on Little City 97.3. "So, if you have crushes on some of the people that wake you up every morning, you can come meet them and greet with them, and also help give the gift of life to somebody by making a donation."

Some have taken part in this blood drive for years.

"I work here in the casino," said Deanna Saunders of Reno. "Every year when they have the blood drive, I come up and donate."

But, this is the first time for others because they want to help those who are in need of blood transfusions.

"I know some people may be on that case right now," said Jose Luis Hernandez of Reno. "So, it's good when you can help somebody."

These donations help so many trauma patients, pre-mature babies and those with conditions like sickle cell anemia and cancer. That's a reason why some say is so important to give blood.

"My mom almost died and she needed blood and that's why he donates every year," said Maico Anton, who was translating for his father, Marco.

"I personally had an incident back in the 90's where I needed blood donations, and it was a very crucial, important part of me being healthy and alive today," Skyle said. "For me, it's a very personal thing."

Each donation can save up to three lives, and the UBS is asking for your help with this drive. Officials say this is around the time when donation numbers are down.

"We're looking for about 500 donors between the two days to save up to 1,500 lives," said Liz McFarland, Donor Recruitment Representative with UBS.

And, donors say it's a very easy and painless process.

"It takes about 20 minutes, maybe a half an hour at the most, after signing in," Saunders said.

"I can come every time I have a chance," Hernandez said. "Somebody can get that blood and use it for life."

The All Reno Radio Blood Drive picks back up Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa's Paradise Ballroom.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol








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