Michigan State defeats Penn State in Blood Donor Challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michigan State defeated Penn State 1,754 units to 1,569 units in the 20th Blood Donor Challenge, which concluded Nov. 22. 

Penn State lost the title after regaining it last year, edging out the Spartans by just 19 units of blood. The overall series now stands at Penn State 13, Michigan State 7. 

“We love to win the challenge, but even if we don't win the real reason we do this is to help the patients that need this blood in hospitals that the Red Cross serves in our area and in Michigan. The Student Red Cross Club and many other student organizations put a huge amount of time and effort in the Challenge,” said Penn State Student Red Cross Club President Nina Farrell. “Between both schools, we added 3,323 pints of blood to the Red Cross inventory."

The Student Red Cross Club is the primary sponsor and organizer of the Challenge each year. 

The need for blood is constant, but during the busy holiday season the number of blood donors typically decreases. The goal of the Challenge for both schools is to help maintain community blood supplies around this time. 

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Some patients rely on regular blood transfusions for survival.  Blood donors can safely donate whole blood once every 56 days. For information on future blood drives and to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossbloood.org.            

This year’s Challenge was made possible by the Penn State Student Red Cross Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Association of Residence Hall Students, Graduate Student Association, Interfraternity Council, McDonalds, Panhellenic Council, Penn State Alumni Association, Penn State Bookstore, Penn State Food Services, Student Bookstore and University Park Allocation Committee.

 

 

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Last Updated November 25, 2013