Vitalant blood donors in the Cheyenne area will get an exciting opportunity to win a pair of Garth Brooks concert tickets when they give blood at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Blood Drive on Monday, June 28. The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibit Hall located at 1312 W. 8th Ave. Each person who gives blood at the drive will automatically be entered to win two grandstand tickets to see Garth Brooks perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Friday, July 23, courtesy of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
If you can’t make it to the blood drive on Monday, you can give blood at Vitalant’s Cheyenne donation center located at 112 E 8th Ave. Monday, June 28 through Saturday, July 3, and still be entered to win Garth Brooks tickets. Just mention you are giving blood on behalf of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Blood Drive.
There is currently a critical blood shortage, and donated blood is going to hospitals at a faster pace than donors are coming to give. Patients who need a transfusion depend on volunteer blood donors year-round. All types are needed, but especially type O blood donations—the most transfused blood type.
Across the Wyoming region –which extends into Colorado and South Dakota, Vitalant needs to collect approximately 450 units each day. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Across the United States, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,300 blood, platelet and plasma donations to help save lives.
“The pandemic disrupted many peoples’ routines, but we are asking that new and existing donors make a commitment to give blood regularly to ensure a constant supply of blood for patients in need,” said Vitalant Mountain Division Vice President Anne Burtchaell. “We are grateful for the support of community partners like Cheyenne Frontier Days, which hosts blood drives to help ensure a steady supply of blood for patients in Wyoming and beyond.”
“We are eager to do our part to help our community,” said Tom Hirsig, Cheyenne Frontier Days CEO. “It’s not often that we get a chance to give someone the gift of life. The more of us who donate, the more lives we can potentially save.”
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Blood Drive by visiting donors.vitalant.org, and using the blood drive code: C0124. Donors can also call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) and mention the Cheyenne Frontier Days blood drive. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Those who received a Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine can give blood immediately if other eligibility requirements are met. Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients, and staff, including social distancing and other precautions. Vitalant is asking donors who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask at this time.
Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. Every day, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,300 blood, platelet and plasma donations to help save lives. For more information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Cheyenne Frontier Days
With roots dating back to 1897, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ draws top rodeo professionals who compete for more than $1million in cash and prizes. Complementing the rodeo action are behind the-chutes tours, trick riding and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an Old Frontier Town, saloons and dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts and a Western art show continue the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, a performance by the USAF Thunderbirds, top-name entertainment, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles. Cheyenne Frontier Days™ takes place each summer during the last full week in July.