Each winter as part of our Give Good campaign, we partner with a different community organization to double the impact of each blood donation. Patients and their families benefit from blood donations, and others in our community that need support get help, too.
The adventure began soon after their meeting. Carmela and Eric Gries met in 1984 while attending college. Not long after they met and became a couple, they decided to take a year off from school to drive across the country and back. They’ve now been married for 31 years, have three beautiful children, and are embracing life to its fullest. And though the journey to get here was a difficult one, Carmela and Eric have always believed that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade – and that’s exactly what they did.
Pediatric cancer is not rare, despite what many may think. In fact, each year approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer in the United States; that’s 1 in 285 children. Around the world, annually, more than 300,000 children’s lives are changed forever after their cancer diagnosis, according to ACCO, yet only 4% of federal government cancer research funding is allocated to children.
This Saturday, February 4, is World Cancer Day – an annual global event that aims to unite the world against cancer. Its goal is to raise awareness of the devastating disease, educating the global population “while pressing governments and individuals to take action.”
Around the world, 8.2 million people die from cancer every year. Of those, nearly half (4 million) are considered premature deaths – people who die between ages 30 and 69. By uniting under this year’s theme, “We can. I can.” World Cancer Day hopes to show the various ways in which we as society and we as individuals can fight against cancer. On their website, they have several lists of ways to get involved including how to create healthy workspaces, create healthy schools, and make your voice heard. You can check out the rest here: http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/2016-2018-world-cancer-day-campaign.
On Saturday, January 21st, SBC teamed up with the Sharks Foundation for the 11th Annual Save a Life Blood Drive. The drive was a smashing success – we collected 254 units of blood, and even had 41 first-time donors!
Hundreds of donors, most decked out in their best Sharks gear, gathered in the SAP center from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to generously donate blood and mingle with fellow Sharks fans. Each presenting donor received a free t-shirt and was entered into “Power Hour” drawings for the chance to win various prizes including merchandise and autographed memorabilia. The grand prize was San Jose Sharks tickets with a special VIP pre-game behind-the-scenes tour!