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Blood center to hold annual 'Rivals for Life' drive Nov. 19

- By John Sanford

As the football teams from Stanford and UC-Berkeley prepare to face off Nov. 23 in the Big Game, the schools' respective blood banks are getting ready for their own competition.

The Stanford Blood Center's seventh annual "Rivals For Life" blood drive will take place at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation on Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by BeWell, the wellness-incentive program for Stanford employees.

Cal, in conjunction with American Red Cross and the UC-San Francisco Blood Bank, will hold its competing blood drive Nov. 19-20.

Each donor at the Stanford Blood Center drive will receive a commemorative T-shirt and be entered into a prize drawing for the chance to win a Sports Basement gift certificate.

Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (888) 723-7831 or visit

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