UK & UofL Fans Become Holiday Heroes

September 3, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 3, 2010) – University of Kentucky and University of Louisville fans turned out in full force on Thursday, September 2, to show their school spirit at the American Red Cross annual Holiday Hero UK & UofL Governor’s Cup Blood Drive in Louisville. Nearly 350 pints of lifesaving blood were donated to help patients in need this holiday weekend.

The American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region would like to thank the many donors who turned out, as well as the many sponsors who helped make the event special.

If you missed the Holiday Hero UK & UofL Governor’s Cup Blood Drive, you still have a chance to help patients in need. The stability of our nation’s blood supply is in the hands of healthy, volunteer blood donors who give generously for others. Schedule an appointment to donate today to help the Red Cross prepare for the needs of patients here and across the country.

And, don’t forget – time is running out to enter to win a 2010 Ford Focus in the “FOCUS on Saving Lives This Summer” promotion! From now through Tuesday, September 7, 2010, all presenting donors who are at least 18 years old and who live in or present to donate in the River Valley Blood Services Region will be entered for a chance to win a 2010 Ford Focus. One lucky winner will drive home in the car and two semi-finalists will each take home a $500 gas card. (Mail-in entries will be available for people who are unable to donate but would still like a chance to win the grand prize.)

Media outlets needing additional details on the results of the Holiday Hero UK & UofL Governor's Cup Blood Drive or the "FOCUS on Saving Lives This Summer" promotion can call 309-636-4422 for more information.

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.  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.