Jenny Eller Blood Drive Challenge begins
The 13th Annual Jenny Eller Blood Drive Challenge has begun and runs through April 5.
The drive honors the memory of Jenny Eller, a softball standout who knew firsthand about the need for blood.
“Due to leukemia, Jenny never had a chance to live life or play ball to her full potential,” said Dean Eller, Jenny’s father and president and CEO of the Central California Blood Center.
“Jenny quickly transformed a passion for sports into a passion for saving lives. Her determination to fight and live was an inspiration and remains so. After almost four years, she lost her courageous battle with the disease, but her spirit and energy live on in many ways. Please help. Join Trish’s team and let’s save lives.”
The battle is one Fresno State softball head coach Trish Ford believes in. She is joining with the Central California Blood Center to help build a life-saving team.
A goal of 1,000 new and returning donors, has been set.
Beginning March 4 and running through April 5, donors who visit any of the five Central California Blood Centers — including Porterville’s at 93 N. Main St., Suite D — and mention the “Donor Team,” coach Ford, Jenny Eller or Fresno State softball at the time of donation, will receive a commemorative 2013 softball T-shirt.
Donor rewards also include a discount ticket voucher for a Fresno State softball home game, and a variety of coupons from Valley businesses for dining, recreation, entertainment and services. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental consent. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to their donation. Photo ID and Social Security number are required at donor registration.