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U-M, MSU to square off in Face Off Blood Challenge competition

Blood drive competition begins Sunday and ends Feb. 10

Red Cross representative Laura Yocky and Blood
Battle co-chairs Kevin Weiss and Jessie Baker
celebrate U-M's Blood Battle victory over OSU in
November 2011.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After beating Ohio State on the gridiron and in the annual Blood Battle competition in November, U-M is looking to best its in-state rival, Michigan State University, in another blood drive competition, which begins Sunday.

The Wolverines and Spartans will compete in the Face Off Blood Challenge, a blood drive competition to see which school can collect more blood donations by Feb. 10.

U-M students, staff, faculty and community members can donate at one of more than 35 drives across campus during the three-week competition. The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross Blood Services Region of Southeastern Michigan, as well as the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

After collecting winning last year’s competition with 1,299 pints of blood, U-M is aiming to collect at least 1,275 pints this year.

Kevin Weiss, a U-M sophomore and co-chair of the Face Off Blood Challenge, says the competition makes it easy for people to get excited about donating blood and saving lives.

“There is nothing quite like the awareness of having saved a life or two or three,” says Weiss. “The competition is a great way to get people excited about donating blood, but what we most enjoy is the education we are able to provide.”

Donors are encouraged to sign up prior to donating blood at www.redcrossblood.org using the sponsor code “goblue.” A full schedule of the drives is available at this Red Cross website.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. 16-year-old donors can donate with parental permission.

Resources:
Face Off Blood Challenge, www.bloodbattle.org
Red Cross, www.redcrossblood.org

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