Blood donors rewarded with Phoenix Open tickets

<p>Give blood, get golf. That’s the name of the game for January, according to United Blood Services.</p><separator></separator><p>The Thunderbirds, sponsor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, will give a one-day pass to the 2011 tournament to each person who donates blood in January.</p><separator></separator><p>Donors will receive vouchers that can be redeemed at the tournament’s main gate for a one-day pass. The event, played at the TPC Scottsdale, is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 6.</p><separator></separator><p>According to UBS, Arizona hospital patients typically require more blood transfusions in January than during any other month of the year. At the same time, donations decline during the holiday season.</p><separator></separator><p>The decline, coupled with the winter increase in the state’s population, typically creates a need for additional blood donors this time of year.</p><separator></separator><p>Audrey Jennings, executive director for UBS, said that patients receiving lifesaving blood transfusions could be accident victims, surgery patients or those receiving treatments for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days.</p><separator></separator><p>Donation drives are scheduled at ASU from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. outside the Memorial Union near the W. P. Carey School of Business fountain Monday through Thursday, Jan. 24-27.</p><separator></separator><p>For more information, or to schedule a donation appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit <a href="; target="_blank"></a>.</p>