Penn State wins blood donor challenge against Ohio State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State defeated Ohio State in the fourth annual Fight for Life Challenge, collecting 981 units of blood in April.

The friendly competition concluded April 29 with Penn State winning for the third year. Ohio State collected 846 units of blood.  

“We could not have asked for a better Fight for Life Challenge this year," said Student Red Cross Club President Nina Farrell. "Not only did we beat OSU, but also collected enough to potentially save 2,943 lives and a combined 5,481 lives potentially saved. The real winners however are the patient’s who receive the blood in both regions.”

The blood collected during the Penn State vs. Ohio State Fight for Life will help supply blood needed at hospitals in both the Greater Alleghenies and Central Ohio regions of the American Red Cross. A unit of blood has a shelf life of only 42 days so the supply must be continually replenished. Every two seconds someone needs blood in the U.S., according to the Red Cross.

Throughout the summer there are multiple opportunities to volunteer and donate at blood drives on campus. If interested, contact Wendi Keeler at wendi.keeler@redcross.org or call 814-237-2713.

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Last Updated May 02, 2014