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Apple Cup blood drive: do you bleed crimson or purple?

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two blood centers in the area turned the Apple Cup rivalry into a competition.

The Inland Northwest Blood Center teamed up with the Puget Sound Blood Center for the first Apple Cup Blood Drive.

It was a close match, but the Husky donors beat out the Cougar donors by about 1,300 people.

Being a Cougars fan runs in Chris Cheathem's blood.

“My godmother went to WSU and ROTC so I've been a Cougar fan my entire life,” said Cheathem.

About 4,200 Cougar fans donated blood to the Apple Cup Blood Drive, but that wasn't enough to beat out the 6,500 Husky fans who donated.

“The University of Washington huskies did win this year, but we have next year. Whether it was INBC or Puget Sound, Washington State or the University of Washington, the real winner in this competition is our patients who need blood,” said Elizabeth Giles, Marketing Communication Officer at the Inland Northwest Blood Center.

Every day, the Inland Northwest Blood Center needs 200 blood donors. The center hasn't been able to meet that number during the holiday season.

“About 15 minutes in a chair for the whole blood you have the potential to save three people's lives and what better gift during this holiday season than the gift of life,” said Giles.

For more information on donating blood, click here: http://inbcsaves.org/give-blood

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