Arizona's biggest blood drive needs donors

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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With the Fourth of July upon us, blood supply gets low and that is why the United Blood Services held their annual "Saving Arizona" blood drive at the Tempe Center for the arts.

"We need all blood types," said Sue Thew from United Blood Services.

Sunday's event was from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

April Masak, a Casa Grande resident, drove to Tempe for the event to thank donors for their donations. 

Her son Nathan was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder at 3 months old.  Nathan is now 3 years old. 

"Children like Nathan who suffer from hemolytic anemia need blood to stay alive.  His hemoglobin will drop too low and eventually his heart would stop. 

So it is literally life-saving when you donate blood; it saves my son's life every single month," said April.

On Monday, Nathan will receive his 56th blood donation at Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Sunday's event generated 500 blood donors at the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

For more information on how you can donate, you can visit

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