19th Annual 'MSU-PSU Blood Challenge' Begins October 29th

October 17, 2012

American Red Cross Urges Spartan Fans To Help Save Lives


East Lansing, MI,--The American Red Cross, Michigan State University and WLNS-TV 6 is once again encouraging MSU students, staff, alumni and fans to show their Spartan pride by rolling up their sleeves to help save lives during the 19th Annual MSU-PSU Blood Challenge, October 29 – November 15.


“MSU is going for its second win in a row this year after losing the challenge to the Nittany Lions the previous six years,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “We encourage everyone who bleeds green and white to get behind their Spartans and help lead them to victory.”


The challenge takes place at various sites throughout the MSU campus and at the Lansing Donor Center at 1729 E. Saginaw Highway.  The goal for this year’s challenge is to collect 2,000 units of blood.


“Students are a major force in building America’s blood supply,” continued Kulman.  “About 30 percent of the blood donated in parts of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio comes from people 25 and younger.  Events like the MSU-PSU Blood Challenge are a great way to build school spirit and make a difference in someone’s life”


To learn more about the blood drives included in the MSU-PSU Blood Challenge, or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.




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. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.