Another day of frigid temperatures seemed to cool down Kentucky fans as Florida jumped ahead by 140 points, 741 to 601 on the second day of Big Blue Slam.
“While we want to win this competition, the most important thing is the community’s blood supply, and this winter weather has really hit us hard. We’ve had 30 blood drive cancellations this month which have resulted in a loss of more than 800 blood products,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC).
“Today we had temperatures in the single digits while Florida was basking in warm 60 degree sunshine. We hope the warmer temperatures predicted for the rest of this week will encourage the Big Blue Nation to get out and visit our donor centers and blood drives and show Florida who really bleeds blue,” said Osborne.
Big Blue Slam continues through Friday. KBC donor centers will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and there will be a number of blood drives on the University of Kentucky campus and at various other locations throughout the region.
Big Blue Slam donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a chance to win a package for two to the SEC Tournament in Atlanta – two tickets for the Thursday through Sunday sessions in the Georgia Dome and a three-night stay at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
The sixth annual Big Blue Slam is a blood drive competition between Cat and Gator fans and KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Gainesville. Kentucky leads the competition 3 to 2.
KBC Donor Centers
Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive in the Andover Shoppes
Somerset Donor Center
Off Highway 27 at stoplight 16A
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail
To find a Big Blue Slam blood drive, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.
About Kentucky Blood Center
KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.