The 19th annual “Dover vs. New Philadelphia Blood Battle” will be waged on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Tuscarawas County YMCA on Monroe Ave. in Dover. Donation hours are noon to 7 p.m. and no appointment is needed.
New Philadelphia will be out to “threepeat” and win the honor of being the community to do the most to support patients at Union Hospital who depend on local blood donations. Last year the Quakers won their second straight Blood Battle in a very close contest with 34 total units of blood compared to 25 for the Tornadoes. Dover still leads in the Blood Battle series with 10 victories compared to eight wins for New Philadelphia.
Residents of both communities, team boosters, students, parents, and faculty are invited to donate blood for either the Tornadoes or the Quakers. The event is being hosted by LifeShare Community Blood Services, which provides blood to Union Hospital.
Carey Gardner, director of community relations at Union Hospital said that, while the event is another fun part of the Dover vs. New Phila rivalry, the generosity of the donors is important to help meet the blood needs of patients.
“Union Hospital’s patients depend on our local blood donors who come to the Blood Battle or donate to the many LifeShare Community Blood Services events held throughout the area,” Gardner said.
The winner of the Dover vs. New Philadelphia Blood Battle will be announced during the football game between the two schools on Friday night, Oct. 28, at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium in New Philadelphia.
Details about Union Hospital and all of its services are available on the hospital’s website at www.unionhospital.org, and you can follow the hospital on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unionhospital.