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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...

Save a Life, Win a Truck: Summer donors needed to pump up community blood supply

Donors can save a life this summer, and win a 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 this fall when they donate blood with Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) June 1 through Aug. 31 during the Drive Kentucky summer promotion. Those 18 years of age and older, who register to give blood during the summer months will be automatically entered to win. Besides being eligible to win the Tacoma, summer donors also ensure a strong...

Sharing the Warmth: Donors to Kentucky Blood Center will receive free hooded sweatshirt this week

Blood donors who give at a Kentucky Blood Center donor center or blood drive through Friday, January 8, will receive a black hoodie as a warm thank for helping the post-holiday blood supply. All blood types are needed in order to get the Kentucky blood supply back to the optimal level for Kentucky patients. Blood donors who give at a Kentucky Blood Center donor center or blood drive through Friday,...

Kentucky Blood Center offering pair of movie passes to attract holiday donors this month

The holiday season is a critical time for Kentucky Blood Center as blood donations typically decline due to travel and other holiday activities that keep many regular donors away. The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation, though, because cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, blood diseases and surgeries continue. To help encourage blood donation and prevent a holiday blood shortage,...

Kentucky fans crush Tennessee fans in Big Blue Crush, helping ensure enough blood for holidays

Kentucky fans crushed the Tennessee Vols 2,604 to 1,988 in the 28th annual Big Blue Crush. But the real winners are Kentucky patients who depend on blood transfusions. “Thanks to everyone who took the time to bleed blue this week,” said Martha Osborne, executive director of marketing and recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center. “We do this competition every year to assure we have enough blood for...

Summer lull in blood donations has KBC officials concerned as Fourth of July nears

  The Fourth of July holiday has Kentucky Blood Center officials concerned.   “Summer is a time when blood donations typically lag, and we’re projecting that we’ll need to supply blood for more than 700 transfusions over the upcoming long July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Martha Osborne, KBC’s executive director of marketing and recruitment.   “Blood must be on the shelves...

Blood supply still feeling effects of winter weather as more blood drives canceled

Old Man Winter is still having his way with the community’s blood supply, with more blood drives cancelled over the weekend and today.   In all, Kentucky Blood Center had 50 blood drives cancel last week, which resulted in more than 1,200 donations lost.   “While we lost 1,200 donations, we were still able to provide blood for the transfusions performed last week. That’s because we...

Winter weather impacting blood supply, creating an urgent need for donations

It wasn’t the bread and milk supply but Kentucky’s blood supply that suffered the most from the winter storm this week.   “Mobile blood drive cancellations started Monday and continued all week,” said Martha Osborne, executive director of marketing and recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center. “Although we have been able to open our donor centers, only a few brave souls have actually stopped...

Big Blue Slam blood battle against Florida begins Monday, Rupp Arena drive Wednesday

  Big Blue Slam, the annual Cats versus Gators blood battle, is Jan. 26-30. Donors can prove they bleed blue at any Kentucky Blood Center location or blood drive, or they can have a little extra fun from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Arena Blood Drive where they’ll be able to take a shot on the same court the Wildcats win on.   In addition to saving a Kentucky patient’s life,...

Wildcat fans urged to ‘roll up their sleeves’
for 27th Big Blue Crush blood donation battle

Kentucky Wildcat fans should get ready to roll up their sleeves to prove they bleed blue because the 27th annual Big Blue Crush – the blood battle between Kentucky and Tennessee – is Nov. 17-21.   Kentucky, which has won the past four years, leads the competition 13-12 with one tie against Tennessee and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville.   Besides saving a life and helping to...

Whether you bleed blue or red, Kentucky Blood Center hopes you’ll join the madness

It’s the Cats vs. the Cards on Friday, and Kentucky Blood Center donors can join in the madness. When they donate Thursday or Friday this week, donors will receive a blue and red game day shirt.   “We are Kentucky Blood Center, and we serve much of the Commonwealth. We know we have donors who bleed blue and others who bleed Cardinal red. It’s a special day when Kentucky and Louisville play...

Old Man Winter packs a punch on Central Kentucky’s blood supply; donors needed

Just as Kentuckians are struggling with the aftermath of winter weather this week, Kentucky Blood Center is struggling to build up a blood supply thumped by Old Man Winter.   More than 20 blood drives have cancelled this week, resulting in nearly 400 lost blood donations. Donor center donations were also hit, and Somerset Donor Center was unable to open Monday because of hazardous road conditions....