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Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 4:19 p.m.

U-M beats OSU in life-saving challenges

By Staff

The University of Michigan has two victories over Ohio State so far this week: It outscored its football arch-rival in generating new organ donors and blood donations.

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The so-called "Blood Battle" was in its 30th year. Organ donor registry signups also are part of the competition, sponsored by Wolverines For Life.

According to U-M officials:

U-M signed up 100,984 donors to Ohio State's 59,942 in the Wolverine-Buckeye challenge that ended at midnight on Thanksgiving.

U-M collected 2,628 pints of blood during the two-week Blood Battle contest, which is in its 30th year. Ohio State collected 2,402.

"The real winners are those who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant or need crucial blood donations," U-M said in a statement.



Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 10:10 p.m.

GO BLUE!!!!! We beat them in every way.... Delany tried and tried but great Michigan team persevered. Delany needs to go... It is great to be Michigan Wolverine....

David J Undis

Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 6:28 p.m.

Your story about U-M, OSU and Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. There are now over 112,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give. Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,800 members as of this writing, including 422 members in Michigan. Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is My phone number is 615-351-8622.


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

No winners or losers. The recievers are he winners. Good job for both schools.

Random Man

Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 1:58 p.m.

I love the rivalry as much as anyone and want to see an end to Ohio's Reign. However, it is great to see both schools participate in this and realize that Collegiate still belongs in Athletics. Way to Go Michigan and Ohio.


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 9:30 p.m.

Would you really want an organ transplant from an Ohio grad?


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 11:03 p.m.

The heart or the brain would be ok, because they haven't been used.