Big Blue Crush annual blood drive kicks off next week

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – University of Kentucky fans can bleed blue to save lives and beat Tennessee.

This year marks the 32nd annual Big Blue Crush blood drive.

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They say last year, Tennessee fans and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville snapped Kentucky Blood Center’s 8-year win streak.

The nonprofit, community blood center is looking to Cats fans to exact revenge November 18-22.

The blood drive, which was established by the two community nonprofit blood centers in 1987, assures a sufficient blood supply for the upcoming holiday season.



Kentucky, leads the rivalry 17 to 13 with one tie. Last year, Tennessee had 3,057 donors to Kentucky’s 2,739.

Kentucky donors will receive a limited-edition long-sleeved Crush T-shirt, a McDonald’s coupon and a chance to win a four-pack of lower-level tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on Nov. 30 at Kroger Field.

This year, Kentucky Blood Center encourages donors to log on to www.kybloodcenter.org/quick-pass and complete their QuickPass (screening questionnaire) on the day of their donation from a phone, computer or tablet. The donor will receive an email with a barcode that can be scanned at registration to expedite the blood donation process on-site.

“Big Blue Crush is extremely important to Kentucky Blood Center,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing. “Of course, we are motivated to win because of our rivalry with Tennessee, but certainly because of the impact the drive has on our holiday blood supply. Both blood centers rely on this drive to establish a healthy blood supply for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and beyond. We hope more fans than ever before will roll up their sleeves for this year’s Crush competition.”

Donors may give at any KBC mobile blood drive or donor center. A complete listing of Big Blue Crush donation locations can be found at www.kybloodcenter.org/events/big-blue-crush. KBC donor centers are listed below and are open from 9 am – 7 pm during Big Blue Crush (Nov. 18-22).

Andover Donor Center

3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington

Beaumont Donor Center

3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington

Hillview Donor Center

5406 Antle Drive, Louisville

Middletown Donor Center

12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

Pikeville Donor Center

472 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville

Somerset Donor Center

10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A), Somerset