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Big Blue Crush update: Kentucky still trails Tennessee by 296 — with just two days to go

At the midway point of the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, Kentucky still trails Tennessee, 1,820 to 1,551, but there are still two days left for the Big Blue Nation to roll up its sleeves. “Even though the Vols are leading, we know this competition isn’t over with yet,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “A good response tomorrow and Friday could...

It’s time for 31st annual Big Blue Crush blood drive, a battle between the ‘Cats and the Tennessee Vols

Who has the best fans – Kentucky or Tennessee? It’s time to find out in the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between the Cats and the Vols which is next week, Nov. 12-16. To assure a sufficient blood supply for the holidays, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville have had an ongoing friendly competition to see whose donors can give the most...

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...