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Governor’s Cup Blood Battle will aid many patients in need

For the eighth year in a row the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region will be hosting a blood drive to celebrate the matchup between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
“Coming out of the summer months when blood donations traditionally decrease due to vacations, holiday activities and other celebrations the Red Cross suffers from an urgent need,” said Linda Voss, CEO, River Valley Blood Services Region. “The Governors Cup is a wonderful opportunity to show your colors as well as helping patients in need.”
Governor’s Cup Blood Battle will be held from 12-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.10, 2013, at Crowne Plaza Ballroom, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville.
All presenting donors will receive a Blood Battle t-shirt, Stoker’s Broaster Chicken dinner, Graeter’s ice cream ‘Pint for a Pint’ coupons and be eligible for door prizes.  Schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Governor’s Cup Blood Battle.
The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients. Each day, the American Red Cross River Valley Region needs approximately 400 donors to step forward and give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.