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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Although Kentucky finished strong, it still wasn’t enough to overcome Florida’s advantage, and the Gators took the fifth annual Big Blue Slam 1,878 to 1,607.
“Even though we lost, it was a good week for us,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s executive director of marketing and recruitment. “The winter weather caused blood drive cancellations today and last week, so the donors who came in during Slam really helped boost the community blood supply, and that’s really what this is all about. Thanks to all the wonderful Cat fans who rolled up their sleeves this week. They touch the lives of Kentucky patients, who depend on the continued generosity of blood donors.
Kentucky Blood Center still leads the annual competition with the Gators and LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Gainesville 3 to 2.
To find a blood drive or schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must also have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org. All donors must present a photo ID.
KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.