American Red Cross Big 10 Challenge a Success

March 9, 2010

 More than 7,600 Pints of Blood Collected During the American Red Cross Big Ten Blood Challenge


Lansing, MI, February 23, 2010 – After a month of good-natured rivalry, Penn State University won top notches for its performance during the American Red Cross Big Ten Blood Drive Challenge. However, the real winners from the friendly competition were patients in need across the U.S. who benefited from the 7,622 pints of blood donated by students, faculty and staff during the challenge. 


Penn State received the award for the highest number of blood donations with more than 1,500 pints donated from January 19 through February 19. The school with the highest percentage of student population donating blood was also Penn State, with about 3.8 percent. The school with the highest percent of goal achievement (based on school blood drive goal and actual number of pints donated) was the University of Minnesota with 68 pints donated on a goal of 55 pints.


“The Big Ten Blood Challenge was a huge success in our eyes,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services region. “Not only did the universities come together and exceed the goal of collecting 7,500 pints of blood, they have helped send the message to students that the need for blood is constant and they can help save up to three lives with just one blood donation.”


While Michigan State University did not leave with an award, more than 1,150 pints of blood were collected at blood drives held throughout the campus during the challenge.


“The Michigan State community should be proud of its effort,” Jaksa said.  “Their generosity alone will positively affect up to 3,450 lives.”