Indiana University Wins "Blood Challenge"

November 21, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The 2008 "Blood Challenge" between Indiana University and Purdue University has ended this year with IU winning with an impressive difference of 1,338 donors.

The official 2008 tally: IU – 4,941 vs. Purdue – 3,603.

IU winning the challenge this year evens each schools win in the 12-year series. Each now has six wins apiece.

"We are grateful that so many fans of these great schools see the importance of giving blood. And we are already looking forward to a great contest next year!" said Yenshen Hsueh, CEO of the local Blood Services Region.

IU's win means that the traveling trophy will stay in Bloomington another year. A ceremony announcing the challenge results and re-awarding IU the trophy will take place at the Old Oaken Bucket game between the two schools on Nov. 22.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

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.