More blood donors needed to win the 38th Annual Blood Battle
The 38th Annual Blood Battle is approaching the halfway mark but more donations will be critical over the next two weeks to beat “The Team up North.” Versiti Blood Center of Ohio, the blood provider to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, needs the central Ohio community to pull together, roll up its collective sleeves and donate blood in order to meet the Blood Battle goal of 2,000 donations by the final day of the competition on Wednesday, November 27.
The current Blood Battle Leaderboard shows University of Michigan in the lead right now, so Versiti and the Buckeye Blood Club are encouraging students and the community to turn out for the November 17 midway point drive at the Blackwell to ensure the Buckeyes can regain the lead.
The Halftime Blood Battle blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, November 17, at the Blackwell Conference Center in Columbus from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus. The goal for the halfway event is 100 donations. All Buckeye blood donors will receive a commemorative Blood Battle T-shirt (while supplies last) and will be entered to win two tickets with an overnight stay to the big rivalry football game on November 30 in Ann Arbor.
2014 National Championship player to sign T-shirts
Former Buckeye Joshua Perry will be on hand to meet and greet blood donors as well as sign Blood Battle T-shirts from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Perry, a linebacker and a member of the 2014 national championship team, had 296 career tackles and retired from the NFL in 2018.
Brutus Buckeye and the Ohio State Cheer Team will pump up the crowd from 11:00 – 11:30 am and pose for photos with blood donors. Pizza and refreshments will also be available for donors along with free parking in the St. John Arena lot & N. French Field House lots.
Elise Gramlich, president of the Buckeye Blood Club at The Ohio State University, began donating blood in high school after seeing how blood transfusions helped prolong her 4-year-old niece’s life, who eventually passed away a year later from a rare brain condition.
“Donating a pint of blood is one of the few things we all can do that could save up to three people’s lives,” said Gramlich. “I refuse to let Michigan keep that trophy because this is too important. That life-saving blood donation not only impacts the patient but everybody in that person’s life.”
There will be more than two dozen Blood Battle drives around the OSU campus that are open to the public during the rest of November.
The Gahanna community is also encouraged to attend an official blood battle event on November 18th from 2 to 8pm at Ohio State Outpatient Care on Hamilton Road.
Visit Versiti.org/bloodbattle for a complete listing and to schedule an appointment. Or call 1-800-485-6594.
To track daily Blood Battle progress, visit versiti.org/bloodbattle or @BloodCenterOh.
About the Blood Battle
The Blood Battle is a longstanding tradition which began in 1982. In 2018, more than 4,500 blood donations were collected between the two schools during the competition. Last year, “The Team up North” squeaked out a victory, but the OSU community still contributed 2,176 lifesaving donations.
Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of our health care partners nationally. We provide innovative, value-added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our hospital partners. The collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies for health care systems nationwide. For more information, visit versiti.org.