Share your BIG heart at the Red Cross UW-Madison blood challenge

By Laura McGuire, American Red Cross

Calling all Badger fans. We need your help in a BIG way – donate blood and help save lives with the American Red Cross.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is participating in the Share your BIG Heart Blood Challenge to help boost the blood supply this winter. Universities across the conference will compete to see who can collect the most lifesaving blood during this competition. If you bleed red and white, you can help the Badgers by donating blood at a series of blood drives scheduled Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, 2023.

Last year, conference universities faced off in a similar blood drive competition. During the series of events, approximately 3,000 lifesaving donations were collected. Donations by schools last year include UW-Madison 741 donations, Michigan State 404 donations, Michigan 913 donations and Penn State 924 donations.

This year at least nine universities are participating in the challenge, and about 4,500 donations will be collected. 

We know Badgers can easily place at the top for helping to save lives. Show your school spirit and encourage all to join in this friendly, fun competition.

As a thank-you, all who come to give blood Jan. 20 through Feb. 28 at the UW-Madison campus for the Big Heart Blood Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Wisconsin union terrace chair. This offer is non-transferrable. All participating donors who come to give Jan. 1-31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix! Includes travel, hotel, $500 gift card, pre-game activities and more! Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl. All participating donors who come to give Feb. 1 – 28 will receive a $10 Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. And will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Clearwater Beach, FL. Includes travel, hotel, gift card and more! Terms: rcblood.org/heart.

A big shout out goes to all sponsors including the UW-Madison Red Cross Club, UW-Madison Libraries, Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity, UW-Madison School of Nursing, UW-Madison School of Business and Omega Psi Phi Epsilon Theta. Thank you for your school spirit and for helping to keep blood products on the shelves for patients in need.

The Big Heart Blood Challenge is a chance for students, faculty, staff and alumni to show their school spirit while supporting a great cause. Being an official Badger is about more than just what you learn in the classroom, take an hour to donate blood and help save lives. On Wisconsin!

Those who have not given recently or those who might have never donated before are encouraged to schedule an appointment, however, walk-ins are welcomed.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

1/20/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m., Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

1/23/2023, Noon – 5:00p.m., Memorial Library, 728 State St.          

1/26/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.         

1/27/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., The Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Avenue 

2/1/2023, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., The Nick, 797 W. Dayton St.       

2/2/2023, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., The Nick, 797 W. Dayton St.       

2/3/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.           

2/9/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Memorial Union,800 Langdon St.

2/10/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Memorial Union,800 Langdon St.         

2/16/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Union South,1308 W Dayton St.           

2/17/2023, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.           

2/21/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., The Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Avenue 

2/22/2023, Noon – 5:00 p.m., The Nick, 797 W Dayton St.  

2/23/2023, 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.           

2/24/2023, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.          

Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now. Don’t wait. People across the country depend on the generosity of blood donors. Make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org and using sponsor codes Badgers or Bucky to find an appointment on campus or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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