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Children’s Hospital Seeking Platelets Donors

A five-day platelets drive will begin today at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with donors entered into a drawing for tickets to a Los Angeles Kings second-round playoff game at Staples Center.

Appointments are required to donate platelets and can be made by calling (323) 361-2441 or emailing Appointments are available at 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily throughout the drive. Donating takes two hours.

The requirements for donating platelets are the same as for donating blood. People who have taken aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs in the previous 48 hours are not allowed to donate.

Platelets are the cells in blood that help to form clotting and avoid excessive bleeding. Patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment and those who have had a bone marrow transplant have especially low platelet counts and can easily lose blood. Platelet donations are in high demand for children undergoing these treatments.

One donor will receive a hockey stick signed by the entire Kings team.

Additional information about what has been dubbed as “Platelets for Playoffs” is available on the playoff portion of the Kings’ website,, or the hospital’s website,

A similar drive April 16-20 resulted in 46 donors, including 38 who gave double or triple units, meaning they were able to help two or three more children, according to Jeff Moeller, the Kings’ senior director of communications.

More than 90 children will be helped by the platelets donated during that drive, Moeller said.

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