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Kentucky Blood Center makes appeal for donations to maintain supply during critical summer months

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service With the busy July 4 holiday week over, emergency officials are hoping Kentuckians have some time to help save lives in their community. The Kentucky Blood Center serves 90 counties and provides blood to over 70 hospitals. However, the center’s vice president of marketing, Martha Osborne, says maintaining an adequate supply during the summer months is challenging. One...

Kentucky Blood Center giving away a 2018 Toyota 4-Runner in celebration of 50th anniversary

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is celebrating 50 years of saving Kentucky lives, and to commemorate that special anniversary, KBC is giving away its biggest summer prize ever – a 2018 Toyota 4Runner. KBC, which was founded by the Fayette County Medical Society in 1968 to centralize the area’s blood-banking efforts, now provides services in 90 Kentucky counties from Pikeville to Paducah, with donor...

KBC asking Kentucky fans to help rebuild low blood supplies during Big Blue Slam January 22-26

The community blood supply is currently low, but Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is giving donors a chance to help rebuild that supply while also proving they bleed blue during the 10th annual Big Blue Slam next week. Big Blue Slam, which is Jan. 22-26, pits Kentucky fans against Florida fans to see who can donate the most blood. Donors during Slam will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt. “Big Blue...

Kentucky Blood Center wins 30th-annual Big Blue Crush with largest victory in competition’s history

Kentucky has won the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, 2,540 to 1,787, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the competition. “Thank you, Big Blue Nation,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “Because of your generosity, we have once again beat Tennessee, but, more importantly, we have a strong blood supply heading into the holidays....

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...

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...

Blood donation during Labor Day camping trip nets Winchester man a new Toyota Highlander

Because he donated blood with Kentucky Blood Center this summer, a Clark County man will receive the keys to a 2017 Toyota Highlander. Harold Ballard, of Winchester, was camping over Labor Day Weekend and decided to donate at the Fort Boonesborough State Park Blood Drive. With that blood donation, he was entered into the blood center’s summer grand prize drawing. Anyone who registered to give blood...

Kentucky Blood Center seeking donations this week to support storm-ravaged Texas residents

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will be providing blood components to storm-ravaged Texas and is asking Kentucky blood donors to come in this week to support Kentucky and Texas patients who need transfusions. With the catastrophic flooding, Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston has suspended operations. Community blood centers, like KBC, are stepping up to help. While the torrential rains and destruction...

Bleed Blue: First of four Kentucky Blood Center campus-wide blood drives under way at UK

University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to save lives from Monday through Friday at campus-wide blood drives. These Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) blood drives, which are sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach, kick off four annual blood drive weeks that are generously supported by the UK community. The blood drive schedule for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 is listed below: Singletary...

Need for blood donations at emergency levels as Red Cross experiences critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. Blood and platelet donations are being sent to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. In fact, donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed. “The...

DOCJT Basic Training Academy recruits donate blood during community service project

In one of the largest academy-wide community service projects at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, 99 Basic Training Academy recruits from law enforcement agencies across the state have come together to give back in a unique way to the communities they soon will serve. For the first time in DOCJT history, nearly 100 recruits volunteered to donate blood during a two-day drive at DOCJT’s...

Kentucky Blood Center partnering with PODS Lexington on Summer Lifesaver promotion

PODS Lexington is joining with the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) this June for the “Be a Summer Lifesaver” promotion and will help kick off the annual summer blood drive on Friday, June 9 at the Beaumont Blood Center at 3121 Beaumont Center Circle. Starting June 1, Kentuckians (18 and older), who register to donate blood with Kentucky Blood Center will be automatically entered to win a brand new...

Kentucky Blood Center donors can win a new Highlander through Summer Lifesaver promotion

The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Accidents, surgeries, cancer therapies and disease treatments continue year round. Unfortunately, vacations and more relaxed summer schedules can often lead to a dip in blood donations, which can impact the Kentucky blood supply. To help prevent summer blood shortages, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) kicked off the Summer Lifesaver promotion on June 1. “Because...

Lingering flu season leaves Kentucky Blood Center feeling the effects of lower than expected supply

Even though spring is here, the flu season is still hanging around, and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is feeling the effects. A number of blood drives have been cancelled because host sites – such as high schools and factories – have had too many sick students or employees to hold the drives. Donations in February and March are down 600 compared to the same time last year. KBC is asking eligible...

Wildcat fans roll up their sleeves, outdistance Gator counterparts to win Big Blue Slam blood drive

The Big Blue Nation of blood donors topped Florida last week 1,653 to 1,569 in the ninth annual Big Blue Slam. “Thanks to Cat fans who rolled up their sleeves this week, at our donor centers, blood drives and Rupp Arena. While it’s always good to win Slam, their generosity couldn’t have come at a better time with winter weather heading our way,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s...

Big Blue Slam Day Two: Kentucky blood donors slamming Gators in annual donation competition

A big day at the Rupp Arena Blood Drive, where 275 people registered to donate blood, helped widen Kentucky’s lead over Florida, 777 to 536. “What a good day for Kentucky patients,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director for Marketing and Recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “More than 500 generous blood donors rolled up their sleeves at KBC donor centers, blood drives and Rupp Arena...

Kentucky Blood Center announces expansion to meet state’s growing demand for blood

Kentucky Blood Center is expanding to cover more hospitals and patients across the Commonwealth, which will help fill the gap in the state’s growing demand for blood. Beginning March 1, 2017, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will become the sole provider of blood products for Baptist Health System (BHS). KBC has been providing blood products for Baptist hospitals in Lexington, Corbin and Richmond for...

Bleed Blue: Big Blue Crush Blood Drive pits UK, Volunteer fans in annual competition

Campus blood donors can bleed blue during the annual Big Blue Crush Blood Drive, Nov. 14-18, to help bring victory to the Bluegrass. Big Blue Crush, a yearly blood battle between University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee fans, sponsored by the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) in partnership with DanceBlue and the UK Center for Community Outreach, provides UK fans an opportunity to defeat Tennessee...

First campus blood drives of school year set for this week at University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to save lives during the first campus blood drives of the school year scheduled for Monday through Friday, Sept. 2. Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) blood drives, sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach and DanceBlue, kick off the four annual blood drive weeks that are generously supported by the University of Kentucky community....

Kentucky Blood Center accepting donations at State Fair for first time this week

For the first time, the Kentucky Blood Center will be accepting blood donations at the Kentucky State Fair. Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will be located in the Health Horizons building and will be collecting blood 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the fair. “We’re excited to be at the State Fair this year,” said Martha Osborne, KBC Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment. “We are the Kentucky...