United Blood Services & The Thunderbirds Step Up To Keep Blood Supply On Par

United Blood Services & The Thunderbirds Step Up To Keep Blood Supply On Par

Jan. 1 – 15 Blood Donors Thanked with a One-Day Voucher to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Help Replenish the Blood Supply Following the Lowest Week of the Year for Donations.

Dec. 28, 2017 – Statewide, AZ – More blood transfusions are required in January than any other month of the year.  That’s why The Thunderbirds, the hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, have stepped up to make sure the New Year starts out on par for patients across Arizona.  All Jan. 1 – 15 United Blood Services donors will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the Waste Management Phoenix Open in appreciation for replenishing Arizona’s blood supply following the holiday season.  Billed as “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” the tournament will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018.  To make a blood donation appointment, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit www.BloodHero.com (enter your City or Zip Code) – locations detailed below.

Waste Management Phoenix Open;  Blood Donor Voucher Redemption

Jan. 1 – 15 blood donors simply enter the voucher promo code online by Jan. 19 to receive a ticket a few days later through the U.S. mail.  Vouchers cannot be accepted at the tournament gate.

January donors will help people like Branden, who thanks to 72 blood donors, won his battle against cancer twice.  When Branden injured his knee during high school hockey practice several years ago, his orthopedic surgeon thought he had torn a ligament.  But an MRI showed a “hot spot” and additional tests revealed cancer.  After three months of chemotherapy and more than 30 blood transfusions, Branden graduated on-time, but within a few months the cancer spread to his lungs.  It took five surgeries to remove more than 50 nodules, which was followed by a stem cell transplant and daily blood transfusions for a month.  Thanks to blood donors, today Branden is cancer free and his greatest love is being a father. 

The partnership between United Blood Services and the Thunderbirds began more than a decade ago and has grown to become one of the most popular “thank you” gifts received by donors throughout the year.  “We hope to encourage more blood donations while people are still focused on the spirit of giving,” said Sid Lewis, Senior Director of Donor Recruitment for United Blood Services Southwest Division.  “The gift of life is the most important gift of all and doesn’t cost anything, except a little of your time.” 

United Blood Services Donation Locations

Call 1-877-UBS HERO (1-877-827-4376) or Visit www.BloodHero.com (enter Zip Code)

Blood Drives: Daily Locations Statewide

Chandler Donor Center: 1989 W. Elliot Rd., #33 (Elliot & Dobson)

Glendale Donor Center: 18583 N. 59th Ave., #113 (59th Ave. & Union Hills)

Goodyear Donor Center: 14270 W. Indian School Rd., #C-8 (Indian School & Litchfield)

Mesa Donor Center: 1337 S. Gilbert Rd., #101 (Gilbert & Hampton)

Phoenix Donor Center: 5757 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Bethany Home Rd. & I-17)

Scottsdale Donor Center: 15170 N. Hayden Rd., #6 (Hayden & 83rd Pl.)

About United Blood Services, a Blood Systems Blood Center

A Blood Systems blood center, United Blood Services has been Arizona’s non-profit community blood provider since 1943 and serves patients in more than 60 Arizona hospitals. Blood Systems is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, currently serving more than 1,000 hospital and healthcare partners across 28 states to provide comprehensive transfusion medicine services for patients in need. For more information on how to Find the Hero in You, please call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll-free or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org.

About the Waste Management Phoenix Open

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community will be held at TPC Scottsdale January 29 – February 4, 2018. “The People’s Open” is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR.  The 2017 tournament broke four attendance records, including a PGA TOUR record 655,434 fans for the week.  The 2018 edition will mark the 83rd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the ninth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

About The Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members.  In 2017 The Thunderbirds raised a record $10.1 million for charity from proceeds from last year’s tournament and have eclipsed $122 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932.  For more information on The Thunderbirds or the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.

Media Contacts
United Blood Services

Sue Thew

Marketing & Communications

Office: 480-675-5454 or Cell: 602-295-3281


Waste Management Phoenix Open

Ryan Woodcock

Director of Communications

Office: 480-766-1221





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