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NEGAUNEE – The Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center is teaming up with the towns of Negaunee and Ishpeming for the first fight to fill the blood bank.

Cities will compete against each other by asking everyone to donate blood at the UP Regional Blood Center. The city that donated the most pints wins and will receive an honorary blood drive trophy.

“Ishpeming is the community of choice in Marquette County. For this event, we choose to give the gift of life ”, Ishpeming City Director Craig Cugini said in a press release. “I think that generating healthy competition between two rival cities can be beneficial for everyone. Therefore, I challenged Nathan Heffron, Town of Negaunee, to a donation contest. There should be no reason why our county / UP regional blood center is low in supply. Let’s all donate and support our community.

To participate, individuals can donate blood to support the town of Ishpeming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Ishpeming Senior Center, 121 Greenwood St.

Donations can be made from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 10 for the town of Negaunee at Negaunee High School at 500 W. Arch St.

“When our neighbors need help, Negaunee will always be there” Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron said in a press release. “We’re Yoopers, that’s what we do. We accept the Ishpeming challenge. What a great cause. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter which community can provide the most blood donations. More seriously, it is important to know who will donate the most blood. Obviously, it will be Negaunee.

The fight to fill the blood bank was created to raise awareness of the upper peninsula’s blood supply and increase blood donation.

“The UP regional blood center is in critical need for all blood groups at this time,” said Rachel Heath, blood donor coordinator. “When you donate with the UP region blood center in particular, it means your blood will help your community. Thirty-eight percent of the population is eligible to donate and only 10% of (eligible people) do so. It only takes about half an hour and your donation alone can save up to three lives.

For more information, contact

Katie Segula can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His email address is [email protected]

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