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WMU, CMU partner with Red Cross to save lives

Jan. 12, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The 2010 blood challenge between Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University has a different meaning this year, but the end goal hasn't changed.

For more than a decade, the two rival schools have annually competed for bragging rights on who can collect the most blood. This year, they have decided to drop the rivalry between their institutions and partner with the American Red Cross for the joint cause of helping to save lives.

The 2010 WMU-CMU Blood Challenge will run from Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 19-28. At WMU, it will encompass nine individual blood drives at various locations. All who come to donate blood during one of these drives will be entered into a raffle to win a 32-inch television, iPod, Wii system or $50 gift certificate to Meijer.

WMU won the last three years of the challenge. Although the battle has turned into a partnership, bragging rights are still at stake. Those wishing to donate blood on behalf of the University this year may attend one of the following drives:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Student Commons, Health and Human Services Building
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bernhard Ballroom, Bernhard Center
  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Room 1305, Activity Therapy (ROTC) Building
  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lounge, Bigelow Hall
  • Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lounge, Garneau-Harvey halls
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lounge, Siedschlag hall
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bernhard Ballroom, Bernhard Center
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., game room and lounge, Henry Hall
  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., grand tier lobby, Miller Auditorium

Most people are eligible to donate blood if they are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on individual height) and in generally good health. Detailed eligibility requirements may be obtained by calling (877) 835-5736.

The American Red Cross provides blood to communities across the country as well as provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions of people in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Its Great Lakes Region, which serves 65 counties, needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state Michigan.

Those participating in the WMU-CMU blood challenge should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or another form of positive ID to the drives they attend.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 448-3543 or visit redcrossblood.org, click Make a Blood Donation Appointment, click Sponsor Code and enter WMU, then complete the online form.

For more information, visit redcrossblood.org or contact C.J. Schmiege, blood donor recruitment representative for the Red Cross's Great Lakes Blood Services Region, at schmiegecj@usa.redcross.org or (269) 870-0015.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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