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University of Kentucky wins Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with University of Tennessee

University of Kentucky fans can claim a life-saving victory, having prevailed in the
32nd annual Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with an impressive 651 donations to the University of Tennessee’s 416.

Kentucky supporters’ final score of 2,894 donations for the Kentucky Blood Center outpaced Tennessee’s 1,999 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. The winning total for Kentucky was the highest since 2014.

Kentucky now leads the rivalry 18 to 13 with one tie. Kentucky had won eight in a row, until Tennessee took the trophy in 2018.
“Thanks to our generous blood donors who gave us a really strong finish, we’re bringing the trophy back to Kentucky,” said Martha Osborne, vice president of marketing for Kentucky Blood Center. “Thank you to everyone who came out to donate (last) week. Thanks to the Big Blue Crush, countless lives will be saved this holiday season.”

Osborne added that campus drives were “up tremendously” from past drives on campus.

“Every drive on campus did very well. We have seen good numbers at our donor centers, but if I had to say what the biggest difference was (this year), I’d point to the campus donors who came out and rolled up their sleeves,” she said.

Big Blue Crush ensures an adequate blood supply into December.

Donors can still impact the holiday blood supply. To find a donation location or schedule an appointment, visit http://kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.

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