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

January 23, 2013

PEORIA, Ill. (January 23, 2013)— To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Bradley University in Peoria and Illinois State University (ISU) in Normal will faceoff in the Challenge on 74 blood donation competition. The school that collects the most pints of blood from January 29 through 31 will win crucial bragging rights for the year. Students, faculty and alumni are invited to roll up their sleeve to compete and help save patients’ lives. Since 2011, the Challenge on 74 blood donation competition has collected more than 650 pints of lifesaving blood.

College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The competition is a 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 difficult winter months. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge “U” T-shirt, while supplies last.

“We thank Bradley and ISU for accepting the challenge from the Red Cross to help bolster the blood supply,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “While important bragging rights are on the line in this competition, both schools will help the Red Cross ensure patients have the blood they need as we continue through the difficult winter months when donations tend to decline.”


     Bradley University                                                 Illinois State University


      January 29                                                                   January 29

      12 p.m. to 6 p.m.                                                         12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

      Markin Center                                                              Bowling and Billiards Center

      819 N. Glenwood in Peoria                                        100 N. University St. in Normal


      January 30                                                                    January 30

      12 p.m. to 6 p.m.                                                          11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      Markin Center                                                               Bowling and Billiards Center

      819 N. Glenwood in Peoria                                        100 N. University St. in Normal


      January 31                                                                     January 31

      12 p.m. to 6 p.m.                                                           12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

      Markin Center                                                                Redbird Arena

      819 N. Glenwood in Peoria                                          702 W. College Ave. in Normal


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

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 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 or join our blog at