Jan 052010

Today, CSU and the University of Wyoming will get into a bloody battle, literally.

With CSU’s football face off against the University of Wyoming less than two weeks away, the Poudre Valley Health System is kicking off its annual Blood Border War for which participants donate blood.

The third annual competition, which begins today, aims to spike donation numbers during the holidays when, spokesperson for the competition and former Collegian editor Gary Kimsey said, donations are at a yearly low.

All of the blood donated to the Garth Englund Blood Donation Center, with locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, will benefit the patients at both the Poudre Valley Hospital and the Medical Center of the Rockies.

The donations collected at Wyoming’s United Blood Service Center in Laramie will remain in the state to benefit patients of its health system, Kimsey said.

The blood drive is open to the entire community and stations can be found at the following locations:

Monday: East Side of Poudre Valley Hospital,

Wednesday: Larimer County offices, 1501 Blue Spruce Dr.,

Thursday: National Park Service, 1201 Oakridge Dr., and

Friday: CSU’s McGraw Athletic Center.

CSU and the Fort Collins community will enter the competition in possession of the Bronze Heart — symbolic of a two-year reign — with the hopes of trumping last year’s collection of 511 pints.

“We always enjoy the bragging rights of having the trophy,” Kimsey said.

The Bronze Heart, awarded to the winner of the Blood Border War, resembles the Bronze Foot the winning team takes from the football game at the end of the season.

Blood can last up to 42 days when stored correctly, Kimsey said, and without the competition, the blood bank would only see between 100 to150 pints donated during this week.

Last year CSU students, faculty and staff contributed approximately half of the pints donated during the drive.

“The CSU community is a really big player,” Kimsey said.

Senior Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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