University of Minnesota Offers Help to Patients in Need

January 27, 2012

The University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin enjoy friendly rivalries and competing on the playing field, but they share a common cause. They are helping save lives through the American Red Cross Border Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to have University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty and alumni donate blood during the eight-week event.

“Our partnership with University of Minnesota will help many patients in need across the country,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “The Border Challenge is a chance for students to show their school spirit while supporting a great cause.”

The Border Challenge is a partnership between six schools in the Big Ten Conference and the American Red Cross Blood Services. Each of the six schools is working with their local Red Cross to set up blood drives from January 1 through February 29. The goal is to help boost blood supplies during challenging winter months when inclement weather and cold and flu season traditionally impact donors’ availability to give.  All presenting donors will receive a special Border Challenge t-shirt.

Upcoming Border Challenge Blood Donation Opportunities

  • School of Public Health Student Senate blood drive, Coffman Union, February 6 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Comstock Hall blood drive on February 22 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Pre-med AMSA blood drive, 106 Pleasant Street, February 27 from 10:300 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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 permission 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
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.