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Run for Blood and save lives this summer

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This annual event helps build awareness for the constant need for blood.

The American Red Cross invites everyone to help save lives this summer by participating in the 8th annual Run for Blood 5K Run/Walk and Community Blood Drive on Saturday, July 23, at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

“This annual event helps build awareness for the constant need for blood,” said Phil Hansen, CEO of the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps patients during an emergency – that’s why it is so critical that eligible donors give on a regular basis to ensure we have a readily available blood supply.”

The Red Cross helps people like Eagan Police Sergeant Danielle Anselment, who started hemorrhaging while giving birth to her fifth child and needed emergency surgery. She received 40 pints of blood and platelets and doctors told her it was a miracle she pulled through. “Without it, I might not have been here to take care of my family, and my husband Shaun, may have been a single parent with five young children. I am happy to tell my story and encourage others to donate blood,” said Danielle. “I’m living proof that it (blood) makes a world of difference.”

Whether you are a blood recipient, know someone who has needed blood, a blood donor or want to show your support for the Red Cross, there is something for everyone at this event. Form a team, join a team, donate blood or cheer everyone on. Run for Blood is family-friendly and new this year is a Pint Size Corner featuring kid dashes, games and face painting.

“Supporting the Run for Blood and the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is a perfect match for Smiths Medical,” said Jeff McCaulley, President and CEO of Smiths Medical, the event’s presenting sponsor. “Our employees are committed to building stronger communities where they live and work and this is a great opportunity to get involved. More than 100 of our employees participated last year and we expect even more on our team this year.”

Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region that provides lifesaving blood products to 108 hospitals in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, eastern South Dakota and northwest Iowa.

Online registrations for the run/walk and to donate blood are available at Donors can also sign up to give blood using sponsor code “Run for Blood” in the free Red Cross Blood App. Same day registrations for the run/walk and to donate blood are also welcome. Each participant receives a free tech T-shirt and swag bag with items and coupons from local businesses.

WHO: Runners, walkers and blood donors

WHAT: 8th Annual Run for Blood 5K Run/Walk and Community Blood Drive

WHERE: Field area south of Lake Calhoun Executive Center, Minneapolis

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016

  • Race registration       7:00 a.m.
  • Opening ceremony    8:00 a.m.
  • Race starts               8:20 a.m.
  • Walk starts               8:35 a.m.
  • Blood drive               8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Special thanks to our water sponsor Culligan and T-shirt sponsor Western National Insurance.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. Learn more at and Follow us on Twitter: @mnredcross and @redcrossbloodnc.

About Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical is a leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths Group a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.

Media Contacts: 
Carrie Carlson-Guest
American Red Cross Minnesota Region 
(612) 872-3240,

Sue Thesenga
American Red Cross North Central Blood Services 
(651) 291-3290,