Michigan wins 32nd Blood Battle
Michigan takes trophy back from Ohio State in Blood Battle 32
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Michigan has won the 2013 Blood Battle against The Ohio State University, reclaiming the trophy after Ohio State won last year. Before Ohio State’s 2012 win, Michigan took the trophy for four consecutive years, from 2008 to 2011.
Michigan overcame the Buckeyes by a margin of 284 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 2,227, while Michigan had 2,511. Each year, the winner is announced in the stadium and the trophy presented on the field to the winning school during the anticipated game.
“Buckeye fans came out in droves to bleed scarlet and gray to help patients,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the local Red Cross. “We didn’t win the battle this year, but regardless of who takes home the trophy, the real winners are the patients who receive these potentially lifesaving blood products.”
Together, the two schools’ Blood Battle drives collected more than 4,700 pints of blood during the competition, which will be vitally important for patient care during the holiday period when donations often decline. Those who gave blood on campus at OSU also received a coupon donated by Chipotle.
Competition supports season needs:
Since 1982, 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. To find a blood drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
BLOOD BATTLE HISTORY:
For a full history of the Blood Battle, including each year's winners, CLICK HERE.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), meet height and weigh requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to show positive identification.
About the American Red Cross
The Central Ohio Blood Services Region serves 27 counties, and needs about 800 donors each day to meet patient need in 41 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. 11/08AP988