Give the gift of life

Coyotes Captain Shane Doan.

The Phoenix Coyotes have teamed up with United Blood Services to score a lifesaving goal for Arizona hospital patients. All February blood donors will be entered to win one of three pairs of Coyotes suite tickets, courtesy of Coyotes Captain Shane Doan. The winners will be in attendance to cheer on the Coyotes in their March 26 game against the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena.

A father of four and an active blood donor, Doan has made it his personal goal to make sure Arizona kids have the lifesaving blood transfusions they need.

Blood donors help save kids like 13-year-old twins Joshua and Jordan, who require blood transfusions at Phoenix Children’s Hospital about every two months. Both boys were born with the most severe form of Sickle Cell Disease, a genetic disorder that causes deformed red blood cells. So far in their young lives, more than 125 blood donors have become their heroes. “Blood donors save my sons’ lives over and over,” says their mom, Kristine.

Long-term supporters of the community blood program, the Phoenix Coyotes have continually utilized their resources to encourage people to donate blood. “It is a win-win situation,” says Doan. “We are anxious to make an impact for fans both on and off the ice.”

United Blood Services will be conducting blood drives on the following dates:

Sunday, Feb. 20 from 7:30am-12:30pm at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E Lincoln, and 8am-12:30pm at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E Lincoln Dr, Garces Room.

Sunday, Feb. 27 from 7:30am-12:30pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Scottsdale, 11300 N 64th St, Social Hall East.

You can also schedule an appointment to donate blood. Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org and enter your zip code.

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