Penn State trails Michigan State in Blood Donor Challenge

November 07, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 19th annual Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge is heading into its final week, and the Nittany Lions have fallen behind by more than 300 units of blood. The annual challenge is used to help maintain blood inventories in the Greater Alleghenies and the Great Lakes American Red Cross Blood Regions.

"The simple, life-saving act of donating blood is critical," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "Especially now, as the Red Cross works to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, I encourage Penn State's students, faculty and staff to get involved if they are able."

More than 370 Red Cross blood drives in multiple states were canceled as a result of the storm, leading to a loss of more than 12,500 units of blood.

To overtake Michigan State, Penn State will need to collect almost 1,200 units of blood in the final five days of the drive, between Nov. 9 and 15. To do this, more than 1,400 donors are needed at the HUB-Robeson Center. All donors will receive this year's challenge T-shirt and will be offered pizza. Blood drive hours have been extended for the last three days to accommodate the number of donors needed.

The following blood drives will be held in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center:
-- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
-- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12
-- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13
-- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14
-- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

Appointments are recommended for all blood drives and can be scheduled at



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Last Updated November 12, 2012