Go for the Gold During Hoxworth’s Inaugural

Platelet Olympics Event

Cara Nicolas, Hoxworth Blood Centers

(CINCINNATI, July 1, 2021) This summer, Hoxworth Blood Center is inviting donors to “go for the gold” and participate in the inaugural Hoxworth Platelet Olympics.

Individuals who donate platelets four times between July 1st and September 9th will win the title of “gold medalist” and receive an exclusive Hoxworth-branded backpack cooler and a gold medal.

“Platelets are an incredibly important component of blood—they are essential for blood clotting, and critical for patients undergoing organ transplants and treatment for cancer,” said Alecia Lipton, spokesperson for Hoxworth Blood Center. “And because platelets have a shelf life of just five days, Hoxworth has an ongoing need for dedicated platelet donors.”

According to Lipton, blood banks across the country have issued pleas for blood and platelet donors as the national blood supply has dwindled in recent weeks; the need is only expected to increase as the July 4th weekend approaches.

“Without our donors, we cannot provide lifesaving blood products to the area hospitals we serve,” Lipton said. “We need the Cincinnati community to make platelet donation a priority so we can keep our shelves stocked for patients during these difficult summer months.”

Appointments for platelet donations are highly encouraged.  Masks are no longer required by donors, but are highly encouraged.

For more information or to schedule a donation, call Hoxworth at (513) 451-0910 or visit https://hoxworth.org/donors/platelet-olympics.html.