Phoenix Children’s Hospital

An average of 850 lifesaving blood transfusions are required by the young patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital every month. Blood donors help people like Kellie, who has been diagnosed with leukemia twice.

Kellie, whose last name was withheld, experienced symptoms while on a weekend camping trip in Show Low and was airlifted to the hospital, where immediate blood transfusions sustained her life. Today Kellie is a healthy college student thanks to 131 blood donors.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) or visit bloodhero.com (enter the city or ZIP code).

There is a West Valley donor center at 14270 W. Indian School Road (at Litchfield Road) that is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Local blood-drive events are:

7:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 12, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce Street, Avondale.

7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale. Bloodmobile.