Indiana University and Purdue began their 12th annual "Blood Challenge" on Oct. 6
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – American Red Cross blood drives in Indiana from October 6 to November 14 will give fans of Indiana and Purdue universities the chance to show their team spirit and also help to save lives.
The 12th annual "Indiana University vs. Purdue University Blood Donor Challenge" is from October 6 to November 14. Blood donors will be asked to donate blood on behalf of their favorite school. The school with the most blood donations at the end of the contest will be awarded the traveling trophy at this year's "Old Oaken Bucket Game" between the schools on November 22, 2008.
"This has always been an exciting challenge," said Yenshen Hsueh, M.D. and CEO of the local Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. "It's a traditional contest that helps area hospital patients and also highlights the need for young blood donors."
IU won the challenge last year. Purdue leads the series 6 to 5. The challenge is sponsored jointly by the IU Alumni Association and the Purdue Alumni Association.
With just 38 percent of the population eligible to give blood, and just a fraction of those eligible actually donating, the American Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors to give blood more often.
"The average blood donor gives less than two times a year, yet you can donate every 56 days," said, Dr Hsueh." It's important for those who can donate to give regularly to help ensure that blood is available for patients in need."
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross 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.