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20 Years of Helping to Save Lives Through PSU-MSU Blood Challenge

Penn State and Michigan will face off on the donor beds in the 20th annual Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge. The Challenge begins November 4th and continues through November 21st.<br />
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY -- This year is a celebration of "20 Years of Helping to Save Lives." Every year, blood inventories tend to decrease during the holiday season, while patient need remains constant. This competition helps maintain blood inventory levels during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Penn State won the Challenge by only nineteen pints last year. The win came down to an exceptional last day with donations totaling 339 units. Together, Penn State and Michigan State provided the Greater Alleghenies and the Great Lakes regions of the American Red Cross with 3,599 units of blood. With last year's win, Penn State takes the lead in the series 13-6.  The Nittany Lions want to defend the title this year to keep the trophy at home. 

This competition is a chance for the two schools to show their pride by saving lives.  While winning gives one school bragging rights for the upcoming year, the goal each year is for both schools to reach the 2,000 units (pints) mark for a grand total of 4,000 units of blood.  Both schools missed this target last year. This year, Penn State's goal is to do more than beat Michigan State; the Nittany Lions are shooting for 2,000 donations.  

Donors meeting eligibility requirements in the State College area are welcome to give blood during the Challenge. All blood drives on campus from November 4th through November 21st will be part of the Challenge.  All donors will receive a 2013 Blood Donor Challenge T-Shirt, while supplies last. Each drive during the Challenge will feature pizza or other great food. 

Making an appointment online is highly suggested.

Donors who are 18 years old or younger must meet specific height and weight requirements. In addition, those 16 years old must also have parental consent. All other potential donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

All donors should bring their Red Cross donor cards or another form of identification to the blood drive.


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