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Illinois State University and Bradley University compete in the annual Challenge on 74 blood donation competition

Heart of America

January 20, 2014
 

PEORIA, Ill. (January 20, 2014) — Every year, the American Red Cross looks to students to donate up to 20 percent of its lifesaving blood donations. Students at colleges and universities across the country roll up a sleeve at blood drives throughout the school year to help ensure hospital patients have the blood products they need. But for two central Illinois universities, blood donations also mean friendly competition.

Starting Jan. 28, Illinois State University and Bradley University will square off in the annual Challenge on 74 blood donation competition. The school that collects the highest percentage of its total three-day goal secures all-important bragging rights for the year. Since 2011, the Challenge on 74 has collected more than 1,000 pints of blood during the difficult winter months, when blood donations tend to decline.

The competition is part of the Red Cross’ We Challenge U program, which encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during winter months. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last.

Illinois State University Challenge on 74 blood drives:

Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Illinois State University Bowling & Billiards Center, 100 N. University St. in Normal, Ill.

Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Illinois State University Bowling & Billiards Center, 100 N. University St. in Normal, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 12-6 p.m. at Illinois State University Watterson Towers, 315 S. Fell Ave. in Normal, Ill.

Bradley University Challenge on 74 blood drives:

Jan. 28 from 12-6 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 29 from 12-5 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Jan. 30 from 12-6 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

“We thank ISU and Bradley for competing to help save lives this winter,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “By donating, students can show their support not only for their school, but also for cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and more.”

To make an appointment to donate or for more information, students, faculty, staff and alumni may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health-history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodHA.

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