Posted on 11/02/2016
Broncos fans once again proved they are just our type on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Short wait times helped blood donors breeze through their donations and spend more time interacting with Broncos players at the 19th annual Drive for Life presented by Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos Tuesday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
As of Tuesday evening, unofficial totals showed Sports Authority Field at Mile High welcomed 1,270 attendees including 224 new donors. Colorado’s largest single-day blood drive collected 952 blood donations and 262 attendees made pre-event blood donations. In addition, 164 donors gave blood or platelets at three Bonfils community donor centers that were open Tuesday.
All combined, 1,378 donations will save or enhance the lives of up to 4,134 patients in need.
All donors had the chance to interact with 24 Denver Broncos players over the course of the day, 13 alumni players, 10 cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot, Stix the Outlaws mascot and enjoy complimentary food and entertainment. See the Denver Broncos TV story about Drive for Life XIX.
As a media partner of Drive for Life, 9NEWS helped promote the event and featured various Bonfils blood donors, blood and marrow recipients and 9NEWS anchor Corey Rose donated blood live on air again this year to help show just how easy it is to give blood.
Although donations collected Tuesday will help patients across Colorado and beyond, more blood donors are needed through November to help prevent a shortage around the holidays when busy schedules and vacations can prevent Bonfils from collecting more than 3,000 donations needed each week. Bonfils operates up to 10 mobile blood drives daily all over Colorado in addition to eight fixed-site community donor centers.
Bonfils’ Marrow Program also added 26 potential donors the Be The Match Registry® providing hope to patients suffering from diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Drive for Life was 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.