Big Blue Crush celebrates 30th anniversary of Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood drive Nov. 13-17

This year marks the 30th time that Kentucky and Tennessee fans have competed to see who can donate the most blood for the holidays. The annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 13-17. “Big Blue Crush is a fun week for donors and our staff, but it’s mostly about Kentucky patients. It’s our biggest blood donation week of the year and supports the healthcare of Kentucky during the holidays, a time when blood...

It’s Kentucky fans vs. Tennessee fans in annual battle to see who can donate the most blood

Get ready to bleed blue, Kentucky fans. The 28th annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 16-20. This yearly blood battle between Kentucky Blood Center and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville pits fans of the Cats and the Tennessee Volunteers to see who can donate the most blood the week before Thanksgiving. The real winners, however, are the Kentucky and Tennessee patients who require blood transfusions...

Tennessee out donated Kentucky again, but the Big Blue still has slim lead in blood battle

Tennessee out donated Kentucky again Thursday and now trails by only nine in the 26th annual Big Blue Crush. Kentucky leads 2,732 to 2,723.   “Tennessee had their biggest day today, and we know the Big Blue Nation doesn’t want to lose to the Vols. Kentucky donors need to bring it on Friday in order to win this thing,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment for...

Kentucky still has slim lead over Tennessee
in Big Blue Crush; blood drive ends Saturday

After the first two days, Kentucky leads Tennessee by a slim margin, 1,419 to 1,332 in the 26th annual Big Blue Crush.   The Crush continues through Friday, and donors will receive a long-sleeve Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage.   Big Blue Crush helps ensure a sufficient blood supply for Kentucky patients during the Thanksgiving holiday and into December....