KBC Celebrates 40 Years with Car Giveaway July 17, 2008

Blood Donor Will Win Toyota Camry

LEXINGTON, Ky. —The Kentucky Blood Center, founded in 1968 as the Central Kentucky Blood Center, will celebrate its 40th anniversary by giving away a 2009 Toyota Camry LE.

“Blood donors have saved thousands of lives and we want to celebrate the anniversary in a really special way,” said KBC spokesperson Jim Tinker.

KBC is partnering with Toyota South, Lex18 and the Cumulus family of radio stations – 92.9 The Bear, News Talk 590 WVLK, Z-Rock 103 and Hot 102 – to give away the top-selling car in America, which is made in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Blood donations can be made at the donor centers in Lexington, Somerset and Pikeville or at one of many blood drives.

The winner will be drawn by a randomized computer drawing from the list of individuals who attempt to donate whole blood, red blood cells, platelets or plasma to the Kentucky Blood Center between July 21 and Sept. 21. Although the winner must be at least 18 years old, 17-year-olds can donate blood and 16-year-olds can donate blood with parental consent. Complete rules are available at the KBC website: www.kybloodcenter.org.

Blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Each potential donor answers a series of questions and has their iron, blood pressure and pulse tested prior to donation. All blood donations then undergo a rigorous battery of tests to ensure the safest blood possible is provided to patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics.

The winner of the competition will be announced at halftime of the Sept. 27 football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington between the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.