Michigan wins 30th Annual Blood Battle
Wolverines take trophy for 4th year
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Michigan has won the 2011 Blood Battle against Ohio State, claiming the trophy for the fourth year in a row. Before Michigan’s winning streak, OSU took the trophy for five years straight from 2003-2007.
Michigan overcame the Buckeyes by a margin of 247 donations in this annual competition to see who can bring in the most blood donations in the weeks leading up to the big game between the two football archrivals. The final score left OSU with 2,334, while Michigan had 2,581. Each year, the winner is announced in the stadium and the trophy presented on the field to the winning school.
“While we never like to lose to the Wolverines, we are thrilled with the number of overall blood donations made during this competition,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the local Red Cross. “Regardless of who takes home the trophy, the real winners are always the patients who receive these potentially lifesaving blood products.”
Together, the two schools’ Blood Battle drives collected more than 4,900 pints of blood during the competition, which will be vitally important for patient care during the holiday period when donations often decline.
Competition supports season needs:
Since 1981, the OSU-Michigan Blood Battle has provided vital support for the volunteer blood program during a critical time of year. As Thanksgiving and the busy winter holiday season approaches, the thousands of donations made during Blood Battle help stock the Red Cross blood bank shelves in preparation to fulfill the needs of the hundreds of people who depend on blood transfusions every day. Just in the 27-county Central Ohio Region, about 800 donors are needed daily to meet anticipated patient needs.
The Red Cross encourages those who missed donating during Blood Battle to remember that their gift of life is needed. Holiday travel tends to be accompanied by an increased rate of accidents involving severe injuries, and a single trauma patient typically can require 20 units of blood products during the first hour of treatment.