Kentucky wins 33rd annual Big Blue Crush blood drive

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Solid Blue fans have prevailed over Tennessee fans, winning the 33rd annual Big Blue Crush blood drive.

Tennessee fans made 489 donations on the final day of the competition and Kentucky only posted 432, but had a big enough lead through the week to win.

The final score is 2,174 for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and 2,060 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville.

“Despite all of the challenges we’ve faced this year, the Big Blue Nation of blood donors should be proud of this year’s Crush performance,” said Mandy Brajuha, Vice President of External Relations at KBC. “It feels great to crush the Vols on and off the field, but the real winners here are the Kentucky patients who will need the donated blood in the weeks ahead.

“With donations down about 40% this fall, the blood collected during Big Blue Crush goes a long way to making sure blood is on the shelves to save Kentucky lives this holiday season,”Brajuha concluded.

The two blood centers compete annually in the week before Thanksgiving to ensure there’s enough of a blood supply to last the busy holiday season.

Kentucky leads the rivalry 19 to 13 with one tie.

Over the 33 years of Big Blue Crush, KBC says the two blood centers have collected more than 172,000 blood donations.

You can still donate. Blood is always needed.

To find a donation location or schedule an appointment, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.

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