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UK and UT Battle for Blood Donations

Contact: Carl Nathe

Image of logo for 2003 Big Blue Crush
This image appears on Big Blue Crush T-shirts.

Photo of UK Head Football Coach Rich Brooks going through the blood donation process.
UK Head Football Coach Rich Brooks goes through the blood donation process.

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“Through the years our two regions have donated nearly 72,000 pints of blood. Since each pint donated can save up to three lives, more than 215,000 patients have benefited from this event. We still continue to see a wonderful spirit of giving.”

-- Susan Berry-Buckley,
chief executive officer,
Central Kentucky Blood Center

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2003) -- Medically speaking, people’s blood is the color red. However, for one week each fall, there seems to be a tinge of blue or orange prevalent in the blood of folks in these parts, depending on whether they live in Kentucky or Tennessee. That week is next week, Nov. 17-21, and the occasion is the 16th annual Big Blue Crush.

Big Blue Crush began as a way to increase student blood donations on the University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee campuses to supply holiday blood needs. Since its first year in 1988, however, the communities of Lexington and Knoxville have also embraced the event and the drive has attracted many new and long-time donors.

“Through the years our two regions have donated nearly 72,000 pints of blood,” said Susan Berry-Buckley, Central Kentucky Blood Center’s chief executive officer. “Since each pint donated can save up to three lives, more than 215,000 patients have benefited from this event. We still continue to see a wonderful spirit of giving.”

All donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a chance to win a number of other prizes. The Central Kentucky Blood Center’s main office at 330 Waller Ave. will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the week of Nov. 17-21 for donations. Donors also can participate in Big Blue Crush at on-campus blood drives at the following times and locations:

Monday, Nov. 17, 1 to 7 p.m., UK Complex Commons, Ballroom;

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1 to 7 p.m., UK Complex Commons; and 5:30 to 10 p.m., William T. Young Library, Gallery Meeting Room;

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., UK Student Center, rooms 245 and 207; 6 to 10 p.m., UK Farmhouse Fraternity; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., UK Physical Plant offices, Bloodmobile;

Thursday, Nov. 20, noon to 6 p.m., UK Fine Arts Bldg., Guignol Lobby; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., H-133 UK Chandler Medical Center; and

Friday, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., UK Bookstore, Bloodmobile; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., H-133 UK Chandler Medical Center.

For more information about Big Blue Crush, call the CKBC at (859) 276-2534 or (800) 775-2522, or visit the CKBC Web site.


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