LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With 611 Kentucky Blood Center donors rolling up their sleeves to show they bleed blue Tuesday, Kentucky built its lead over Tennessee fans who donated with Medic Regional Blood Center. The score after two days of competition is 1,186 for KBC and 756 for Medic, giving Kentucky a 430 donor lead.
“We are so grateful for the great turnout for the second day of Big Blue Crush,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “There are three more days to beat the Vols, but more importantly to build the holiday blood supply with blood donations.”
To assure a sufficient blood supply for the holidays, KBC and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville annually compete to see whose donors can give the most blood the week prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Kentucky leads the rivalry 17 to 13 with one tie. Last year, the Tennessee blood center snapped UK’s eight-year win streak.
As a thank you for saving a life, donors will receive a long-sleeved Crush T-shirt, a McDonald’s coupon and a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on Nov. 30 in Lexington.
KBC urges Kentucky fans to continue to build the lead by visiting any KBC donor center or mobile blood drive through Friday. A complete list of drive locations and hours is available at www.kybloodcenter.org/events/big-blue-crush.
Blood donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.
Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation or find other donation locations, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.