WMU News

CMU clings to narrow lead in Blood Challenge

Nov. 13, 2003

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University hosted two successful blood drives on Wednesday (Nov. 12), which brought WMU's total for Blood Challenge 2003 to 693 pints of blood collected. Central Michigan still holds a slight lead in the annual rivalry, with 701 pints collected.

Now in its sixth year, Blood Challenge benefits the American Red Cross's Great Lakes Regional Blood Center, which supplies blood and blood products to hospitals and medical facilities in 63 Michigan counties.

Blood Challenge organizers at WMU are excited at the prospect of pulling ahead of CMU in the homestretch of the competition. CMU has beaten WMU the last two years.

There are two WMU blood drives remaining for this year's competition, leading up to the WMU vs. CMU football game on Saturday at Waldo Stadium. The winning school will receive recognition and the traveling plaque during a brief ceremony between the first and second quarters of the football game. The remaining WMU Blood Challenge schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 13
Bernhard Center
1 to 6:45 p.m.
Sponsored by Student Entertainment Team

Friday, Nov. 14
Schneider Hall, Haworth College of Business
11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Sponsored by Gift of Life

All the blood drives are open to the general public, as well as WMU students, faculty and staff. For more information call the Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at (269) 353-6180 or visit <www.greaterkzooredcross.org>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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