For 25 years, Kentuckians have been bleeding blue and saving lives during Big Blue Crush. This year, the annual blood battle between Kentucky and Tennessee football fans is Nov. 12-16 and fans are urged to donate and continue the winning tradition.
“It’s not about a game. It’s about life,” said William Reed, President and CEO of Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “Blood collected during Crush in both Kentucky and Tennessee will ensure we have enough blood on our shelves during the holidays for all the hospitals and patients that both of our blood centers serve.
“We know Kentucky donors love their Wildcats, and this is a great opportunity for them to prove it – and beating Tennessee in the blood battle is always a nice bonus,” said Reed.
KBC has donor centers in Lexington, Pikeville and Somerset, and the city leaders in all three communities have proclaimed Nov. 12-16 as Big Blue Crush Week.
Blood donors must have a photo I.D., be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.