Ticket giveaway at upcoming PMC blood drive

Kathy Atkins

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 2, from 7am to 2:30pm at the PMC Clinic – 11th floor. The drive is conducted by Kentucky Blood Center (KBC), PMC’s only source of blood and blood products.


This blood drive features a drawing for tickets to regional events and attractions including four grandstand tickets to the Keeneland Spring Meet in Lexington, two admission tickets to the Louisville Zoo, tickets to a Cincinnati Reds home baseball game and two general admission tickets to Kings Island.


“We are grateful to these organizations for their donations of tickets,” said Kathy Atkins, PMC blood donor chairman. “The tickets, along with t-shirts donated by KBC, encourages people to take the time to give blood.”


Giving blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.


KBC relies solely on volunteer blood donors to supply nearly 70 hospitals throughout the Commonwealth. The current demand for blood is 400 units a day. In order to meet this demand, Kentucky Blood Center works with community leaders to establish blood drives in schools, churches and places of business on a regular basis. There are five permanent blood donation locations including one in Pikeville. There is also a mobile blood collection team that travels throughout the Commonwealth daily.


At the blood drive when a donor arrives, they will be asked a short series of screening questions to establish whether they qualify to give. Once this is completed, the donor will then be able to participate in saving someone’s life by giving blood – a process that only takes about 12 minutes.


To be eligible to give blood, one must be in good health, weight at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years of age (parental permission is required for 16-year-old donors), and show a photo ID such as a driver’s license.


There is no faster or easier way to know that a life has been saved than by giving blood. A donation of one pint of blood can save as many as three lives.


For more information about PMC’s upcoming blood drive, please call Kathy Atkins at 606-218-4609 or call Kentucky Blood Center at 606-432-4979.