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Universities compete in challenge on 74 blood drive

PEORIA, IL. - Bradley University and Illinois State University are competiting again in their annual Challenge on 74 blood drive.

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all bloood types to make an appointment to give now and help address their winter blood shortage.

The rivalry between schools always deliver winning results for patients in need.

Since 2011, the Challenge on 74 has collected numerous pints of blood during the difficult winter months.
Red Cross representative, Tony Baker, says shortagesare caused by cancellations due to holidays, cold winter weather and other circumstances.

However, he is happy that students are coming together for a great cause.

"That's the purpose of coming into high schools, colleges and universities is to really try to engage the younger generation to start to be a donor," he said.

The school that collects the highest percentage of its three-day goal secures bragging rights for the year and greatly contributes to patients in need.

Donations can be made at the Markin Center from noon to 6 p.m. January 30-31st.

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