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Kentucky maintains lead over Tennessee as 30th annual Big Blue Crush approached halfway point

Kentucky donors retained their lead after the second day of the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, with the Cats leading the competition, 1,091 to 704.

“We had another strong day, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of blood donors who visited our donor centers and blood drives. We have three more important days to go, though, and hope to see people bleeding blue all week,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC).

Big Blue Crush, which continues through Friday, is the yearly blood drive competition between Kentucky and Tennessee fans to see who can donate the most blood for the holidays.

Anyone who registers to give blood with Kentucky Blood Center this week will receive a long-sleeve black T-shirt and a chance to win tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on Nov. 25.

KBC leads the overall blood donation competition against Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville 16-12 with 1 tie. KBC has won the past seven years.

KBC donor centers, listed below, are open special Crush hours this week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Donor centers and locations:

Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington

Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington

Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre at Stoplight 16A

Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail

To find Big Blue Crush mobile blood drives or for donation information, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775-2522, ext. 3758.

Blood donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors must also show a photo I.D. with first and last name, like a state-issued driver’s license. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at www.kybloodcenter.org.

From Kentucky Blood Center

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