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Big Blue Slam blood drive underway

Cat fans proved they are serious about bleeding blue by outscoring the Gators 357 to 281 on the first day of Big Blue Slam.

Virginia Eisenbarth gets ready to donate blood during the Media Challenge Blood Drive at West Ridge Mall.

Lexington, KY – Cat fans proved they are serious about bleeding blue by outscoring the Gators 357 to 281 on the first day of Big Blue Slam.

The 4th annual blood battle between Kentucky and Florida supporters continues through Friday.

All blood donors this week will receive a Big Blue Slam T-shirt as well as a chance to win an entertainment package, consisting of a 50” 3-D Smart TV, Blu-Ray home theater system, X-Box 360 with Kinect and popcorn machine.

Big Blue Slam is a friendly blood collection competition between Kentucky and Florida fans and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Gainesville. The Wildcats take on Florida in Rupp, Tuesday, Feb. 7 and again in Gainesville on March 4.

The four KBC donor centers (Beaumont and Andover in Lexington and Somerset and Pikeville) will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Slam week. There will also be a number of blood drives throughout the area, including daily blood drives on the University of Kentucky campus.

Kentucky leads the rivalry 2 to 1. Big Blue Slam helps beef up the blood supply during the winter months, when blood donations can dip due to inclement wintry weather.

To find a donation location or to schedule an appointment, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.


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