Third Annual Governor’s Cup Blood Challenge Begins Labor Day Sept. 1, 2009

Donors Who Give Blood at Donor Centers May Join Bleed Blue Club

LEXINGTON, Ky. Kentucky Blood Center is out for blood – blue or red. Beginning Monday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Sept. 18, KBC will be ramping up donors for the Governor’s Cup Blood Challenge leading to the Governor’s Cup football game. KBC hopes to collect 3500 units across the two weeks.

The Blood Challenge will be at all KBC blood drives and fixed site donation centers. However, donors who give blood at the donor centers will be invited to join the Bleed Blue Club. Bleed Blue Club members are those donors who make and keep the commitment to give blood during all three special events (Governor’s Cup, Big Blue Crush and Big Blue Slam). Bleed Blue Club members will receive an all‐weather stadium blanket following the Slam event.

Lexington’s Beaumont and Andover donor centers will be open on Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At every drive and donor center, donors will cast a vote for their favorite team and get a commemorative T‐shirt (while supplies last). In addition, there will be daily drawings for tailgating goodies and footballs signed by Coach Rich Brooks.

Support of the Governor’s Cup Blood Challenge is provided by University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Hands‐On Originals, WLAP and 98.1 Bull.

Donors must be a minimum of 16 years‐old (with parental permission), weigh 110 pounds and be in general good health. To make an appointment to donate blood or find the closest blood drive to you, logon to or call (800) 775‐2522.

About Kentucky Blood Center

The Kentucky Blood Center is a non‐profit 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 collect 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood and blood products.