University of South Carolina takes the lead in tiebreaker year for the 29th Annual Carolina Clemson Blood Drive
South Carolina Blood Services Region
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University of South Carolina takes the lead in tiebreaker year for the
29th Annual Carolina Clemson Blood Drive
COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 22, 2013—Carolina and Clemson wrapped up their 29th annual blood drive Friday, Nov. 22, resulting in a six-year consecutive win for the University of South Carolina, with USC securing a 15-14 lead in the annual competition with Clemson University. The 2013 Carolina Clemson Blood Drive took place on both campuses Nov. 18-22 with students, staff, faculty and fans showing support for their favorite team by donating blood.
This year’s event resulted in 7,417 donors presenting to give blood, with Carolina donors totaling 4,124 and Clemson donors totaling 3,293.
The University of South Carolina will be awarded the coveted blood drive trophy at the Carolina Clemson football game Saturday, Nov. 30, at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Carolina Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when the blood supply typically weakens. Over the past 29 years of competition, the universities have collected approximately 100,000 pints of blood, potentially helping approximately 300,000 patients in need.
Eligible donors can still show their Gamecock or Tiger pride and receive a commemorative Carolina Clemson Blood Drive T-shirt by giving blood now through Dec. 1 at participating blood drives in the Columbia area and at the American Red Cross Donation Center, 2751 Bull St. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
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