Kentucky blood drive donors keep lead

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – More than 550 Kentucky fans generously donated blood Tuesday during the 28th annual Big Blue Crush and stretched Kentucky’s lead over Tennessee, 1,060 to 753.

“Kentucky fans have a long tradition of saving the lives of Kentucky patients, and we appreciate that they are stepping up again this year,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “We have three days left in this blood battle, and we know anything can still happen. We hope to see another 1,500 Kentuckians in the next three days in order to meet the holiday season needs of Kentucky hospitals.”

Big Blue Crush is continues through Friday.

This yearly competition between Kentucky Blood Center and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville pits fans of the Cats and the Tennessee Volunteers to see who can donate the most blood the week before Thanksgiving. Kentucky leads the competition 14 to 12 with one tie and has won the competition the last five years.

Donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a chance to win tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on Nov. 28.

Blood donors must be 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

KBC’s five donor centers will be open special hours – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – during Crush week. There will also be daily mobile blood drives throughout the region. Donor centers are listed below, and blood drive locations can be found at

Lexington – Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle

Lexington – Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive

Louisville – Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Road

Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Drive

Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16-A)

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