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Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Residence Halls

Admission: Blood Donation

The third annual Fight for Life competition, or battle for the most blood donations, is on between students and fans of The Ohio State University and Pennsylvania State University from March 18 through April 30. Partnering with the American Red Cross, the universities’ supporters will see who can bring in the most blood donations, each having a goal of 1,050 donations, with the potential to help save up to 6,300 lives.

Ohio State took the trophy for the most donations in 2011 and Penn State redeemed themselves in 2012, where the drives generated 1,950 donations. Who will break the tie and win the trophy this year?

“We hope OSU students will donate blood to bring the trophy back,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region.  “We want to have a winning tradition.”

While all blood types are needed, the Red Cross urges those with blood types O negative, B negative, and A negative to make a lifesaving appointment. If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood at one of our upcoming blood drives in the residence halls:

  • Tues March 26 Bradley Paterson 3pm-8pm
  • Tues April 2 Morrison Tower 2pm-8pm
  • Mon April 8 Drackett Tower 2pm-7pm
  • Mon April 8 Norton Scott Archer 2pm-8pm
  • Mon April 8 Taylor Tower 2pm-8pm
  • Tues April 9 Lincoln Tower 2pm-8pm & Wed April 10 2pm-8pm
  • Wed April 10 Morrill Tower 2pm-8pm
  • Fri April 12 Jones Tower 1pm-6pm
  • Mon April 15 Park-Stradley 2pm-8pm
  • Mon April 15 The Residence on Tenth 2pm-7pm
  • Wed April 17 Mack Canfield 3pm-8pm

Here's a few tips for a successful donation; you can learn more online:

  • Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet
  • Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz of liquid before and after your donation
  • Have a healthy meal before your donation – avoid foods high in fat just prior to donation
  • Remember to bring your ID!


About the American Red Cross

The Central Ohio Blood Services Region serves 27 counties, and needs 800 blood donors each day to meet patient needs in 41 hospitals.  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.

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