U of M and OSU begin 30th Blood Battle

November 1, 2011


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University of Michigan and Ohio State face off in 30th Blood Battle


For 30 years, students and fans of the University of Michigan and Ohio State University and have taken their battle off the gridiron to help save lives through their annual Blood Battle. This year is no exception.

From Nov. 1 through 23, the archrivals will partner with the American Red Cross to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations. Blood Battle has highlighted the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981.

“Michigan has won the Blood Battle the last three years, and hopes to continue the streak,” said Diane E. Ward, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region. “Ohio State had taken home the traveling trophy for five consecutive years from 2003 to 2007, and is eager to regain it.”

Blood Battle drives generate thousands of blood donations for the American Red Cross every year.

“The competition really motivates fans to donate blood at a key time,” Ward said. “It provides an important boost for the blood supply as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. During the busy holiday season it’s important not to forget the constant need for volunteer blood donors.”

Results of this year’s Blood Battle will be announced at the stadium during the Nov. 26 game in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“Of course, the real winners of Blood Battle are always the patients who rely on potentially lifesaving blood transfusions to help them through injury and illness,” Ward said.  

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