University of Michigan and Ohio State University face off in 31st Blood Battle

November 7, 2012

Come donate and enter to win a pair of tickets to the big game!

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

From November 1 through 21, 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 four years, and hopes to continue the streak,” said Tiffany Gradel, Spokesperson for the American Red Cross. “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,” Gradel 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 blood donors.”

Extra incentive: In addition to the chance to support their favorite team, those who come to donate in the Western Lake Erie Region from November 1-18th can enter to win a pair of tickets to the OSU vs. UM game on November 24, 2012.

Results of this year’s Blood Battle will be announced at the Ohio Stadium during the November 24 game in Columbus, Ohio.

“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,” Gradel said.

How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross
The Western Lake Erie Region serves 11 counties, and needs to collect about 300 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 23 hospitals. In addition to supplying nearly half of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.