Kentucky extends lead with two days left in blood drive

Kentucky leads Tennessee after day 3 of Big Blue Crush blood drive by 562 donations on 11-20-19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It was another great day in Big Blue Crush with 519 donors making a life-saving donation to grow Kentucky’s lead over Medic Regional Blood Center and Tennessee fans. The score after two days of competition is 1,705 for KBC and 1,143 for Medic, giving Kentucky a 562 donation lead.

“We are entering the final days of Big Blue Crush and we hope to see our best numbers yet,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “The true importance of this longtime blood drive is to have more blood available over the upcoming holidays. Of course, we also want to see great numbers Thursday and Friday to ensure we bring the Crush trophy back to Kentucky.”

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KBC and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville have been competing for 32 years 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 Kentucky’s eight-year win streak.

As a thank you for saving a life, Big Blue Crush donors 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

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

Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation or find other donation locations, visit or call 800.775.2522.