Big Ten, Big Challenge

In keeping with a 100+ year tradition of competitiveness and passion to the goal of ensuring every individual has the opportunity to lead a Big life, all eleven Universities in the Big Ten Conference will participate in the American Red Cross Big Ten Challenge. From January 19 to February 19, the schools will compete against each other to see who can bring in the most blood donations. Their competitive efforts will work together to collect around 7,000 pints of life-saving blood. By raising awareness for the need for blood donation, this competition might have long-lasting effects in creating lifetime blood donors. Currently only 3 out of 10 Americans donate blood, but someone needs blood every minute of everyday. Remember you can live Big too, donate today.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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