Jags Aim to Run Up Pint Total; Blood Drive Seeks 1,500 Donors, Aid for Ex-Player's Foundation

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

The big cats are looking for fresh blood Tuesday.

But they only want it a pint per person at a time.

The Blood Alliance's Jaguars Gift of Life Blood Drive runs from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at EverBank Field at 1 Stadium Place. Last year's drive at the West Touchdown Club had 1,000-plus donations and won a Florida Association of Blood Banks award for the most productive in the state.

The alliance is hoping up to 1,500 donors will pump up the pints as the need for blood ramps up before the holidays.

"It is an incredible location for us to be with the Jaguars, our 18th year teaming up with the team," said alliance spokeswoman Odette Struys. "They may not have had a stellar performance on the field, but we can come out and prove we are winners off the field."

Meanwhile, the alliance will donate $1 for every blood donation made at its centers in December to help a former Jacksonville Jaguar player's foundation. Raising $7,000 last year for the Joshua Frase Foundation (www.joshuafrase.org), the donations fund medical research into myotubular myopathy. The foundation is named after retired NFL player Paul Frase's son, who died a year ago.

"It is just an amazing goal ... and the Blood Alliance is just so generous in helping to save lives of young kids with the disease," said the foundation co-founder. "We are literally in this work to save lives, and the Blood Alliance does the same thing as the Joshua Frase Foundation. …