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Buckeyes blasting Blue in organ-donor bout

In a spirit similar to that of the annual U-M/Ohio State University Blood Battle, which also is under way, the two rival campuses are competing in yet another challenge aimed at saving lives—this time in a contest to see which school can sign up more people as potential organ donors.

Currently the Buckeyes have recruited four times as many organ donors to their state's registry as the Wolverines, says Christy Hammond, undergraduate in kinesiology and public relations co-chair of U-M Students for Organ Donation, who thought up the challenge. With fewer than three weeks before the friendly competition ends, the student organization is making every effort to promote the Michigan Organ Donor Registry across campus.

The first annual competition ends at noon Nov. 17; the winner will be announced during the football game in Columbus the next day.

Every student, faculty member, employee and supporter of the University can sign up to donate life and help the Wolverines win the competition, organizers say. Those who already have signed up on the state's donor registry can register again so that credit will go to the Wolverines.

To register, go to www.giftoflifemichigan.org/goblue and click on the "Sign Up Now!" hyperlink. U-M supporters are encouraged to send e-mails to families, friends and classmates, inviting them to sign up as well. There are no restrictions on who can sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. No age limit, medical condition or residency status prevents signing up to donate life, organizers say. Donor eligibility is based on the medical criteria given at the time of registry.

There are 77 organ transplants each day in the United States, but there are not enough organs available for the 93,000 U.S. patients currently waiting for a transplant.

Students for Organ Donation and Gift of Life Michigan are partnering with the American Red Cross, making organ donor registry brochures available during the annual Blood Battle competition. Blood donations are vital during organ transplant surgeries. Recruiters also will be handing out literature and answering questions in the cafeterias of South Quadrangle, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov.13; Bursley Hall, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14; Couzens Hall, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 15, and Stockwell Hall, 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

For more information about organ and tissue donation or to sign up on the Gift of Life Organ, Tissue & Eye Donor Registry, call (800) 482-4881 or go to the Web site.

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