San Jose Resident Organizing Blood Drive Benefitting Stanford Blood Center March 16

March 11, 2013
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
Dayna Kerecman Myers (202) 669-2921,
Deanna Bolio (650) 725-3804

STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford Blood Center hopes to see you at Princeton Plaza in San Jose on Mar.16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 10th annual Paul B. Newman neighborhood blood drive.

Newman started this neighborhood blood drive 10 years ago after he and his son were in a major car accident on Highway 85. Struck by a vehicle speeding more than 100 miles per hour, their car rolled over, and they were rushed to a trauma center. Later, Paul and his son asked the paramedics who helped them how they could give back to the community. The paramedics responded, “Give blood as often as you can.”

He took their suggestion to heart. Not only does Newman donate blood, he has become a powerful advocate and organizer for the cause, inspiring countless others to give back, too. Newman said, “I never imagined how life could change in a fraction of a second. My family and I have sponsored this blood drive twice a year since 2003 in the hope of bringing our community together to help others who find themselves in the frightful situation of needing a blood transfusion. It truly is the gift of life.”

Each year, this drive has grown. The last drive collected close to 120 units of blood – an outstanding number for a neighborhood drive. Please come out and help us make this year another success!

WHAT: Paul B. Newman neighborhood blood drive

WHO: Media and people interested in donating blood are invited

WHEN: Mar. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1375 Blossom Hill Road, Princeton Plaza (Corner of Kooser and Meridian), San Jose CA 95118

Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment online, please call (888) 723-7831 or visit

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Stanford Blood Center was created at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1978 to meet the complex transfusion needs of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, as well as provide tailored blood products and clinical trial services for school researchers. Today the center provides blood products to seven local hospitals and is a recognized leader in the field of transfusion medicine. More information is available at