TROY — Over 120 Troy high school students took part in the 21st annual Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive on Tuesday, sponsored by the Community Blood Center of Dayton and U.S. Bank.
Each year, the drive is held on the weekdays that precede the Troy-Piqua game, as a friendly contest between the high schools and both the Piqua and Troy branches of U.S. Bank. Piqua has been the standing champ of the challenge since 2016.
One hundred and twenty Troy High School students pre-registered for Tuesday’s 136 open slots, with several walk-ins signing up to donate the day of the drive.
“One thing that has always stuck with me from the time I started is they tell me for each donation, you can save up to three lives,” said Angie Anderson, a Troy High School intervention assistant and adviser for the ASTRA leadership program, who is leading the drive for a 13th year. “They say if students start now, they’ll donate for a lifetime.
“One of our ASTRA girls told me last year she got a phone call about her donation, which was actually donated to an infant. She said, ‘You know that you have the potential to help people, but when you get the call from the blood center confirming that you gave someone the chance to live out a full life, it’s very exciting.”
The community blood drive will continue at the Troy U.S. Bank, located at 910 W. Main St, and Piqua U.S. Bank, located at 200 N. College St, on Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
The 2018 Troy-Piqua game will be the 134th renewal of the ongoing football rivalry. The winner of the blood drive challenge will be announced, along with the presentation of the $1,000 award check, on Friday before the 7:30 p.m. kick-off at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
Appointments to donate blood can be made online at www.donortime.com.