Michigan wins Blood Battle against Ohio State

November 28, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News
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In Columbus, Michigan students took back the trophy in the 35th annual Blood Battle.

U-M took back the American Red Cross traveling trophy this year with a victory in the 35th annual Blood Battle against Ohio State.

The Wolverines narrowly beat the Buckeyes in the annual challenge to see which school’s students and supporters can bring in the most blood donations.

All-day blood drives at University Hospital helped Michigan come out ahead with 2,363 blood donations to 2,355 donations for Ohio State.

Students with Blood Drives United accepted the trophy during the second quarter of the schools’ football game in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

“The real winners of Blood Battle are always the patients who rely on potentially life-saving blood products,” said Todd Kulman, spokesman for the Michigan American Red Cross.

Blood Battle drives provide vital support for patients who need blood transfusions to help them through injury and illness.

During the busy holiday season, it’s important not to forget the constant need for blood donors.

Recently, Wolverines for Life, American Red Cross and U-M’s Blood Drives United have partnered to provide numerous opportunities to sign up as an organ donor and donate blood, starting with the Be A Hero at the Big House event on Oct. 30. That event was the largest one-day blood drive on campus.

If you’d still like to give blood, make an appointment on the Red Cross website or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also download the Red Cross Blood Donor App to your mobile device to search for drives.

You must wait 56 days between blood donations. If you can’t give blood, a financial donation can also help Red Cross save lives.

Website: http://www.redcross.org

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