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WVU's 'Dancing With Our Mountaineer Stars' Competitors Host Blood Drive

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Hospitals across the country need more than 44 thousand units of blood every day and West Virginia University tried to put a dent in that. 'Dancing with our Mountaineer Stars' Competitors hosted a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross Monday.

The blood drive used Dancing with our Mountaineer Stars as incentive to donate blood.

Joshua Faulkner donated and said it's not as bad as some make it out to be.

"It's a great way to help those in need," said Faulkner. "The Red Cross always needs blood. It' a real simple and easy thing I think most of us can do. A lot of people think it's maybe painful but it's really not that bad at all."

Dancers donated blood to receive a point added onto their final score. Each pint of blood donated equaled one point for the dancer of the donors choosing.

"So maybe not really the best dancer will win the competition," said Sonja Wilson, the Senior Programming Administrator at WVU. "We wanted to be able to give back to our community so we thought this was the perfect way to do it."

Dancers who are performing were already thinking about the competition. Including Chris Northrep who is the Director of the Mountaineer Maniacs and dancing at the competition.

"I'm a little bit nervous," Northrep said. "My partner has done a great job with helping me through all our rehearsals and putting up with me. But yeah I'm excited about it."

Most people that donated blood did pick a favorite dancer to give a point to.

Faulkner donates on a regular basis but said he was there to help out a friend.

"Brent Clark and Becca Clark, his wife, I've never seen them dance so yeah," said Faulkner. "Maybe they need an extra few points, I don't know. But we're going to help them out if we can."

All of the blood donated will stay in Monongalia County.

Dancing with our Mountaineer Stars is this Saturday at 8 pm in the Mountainlair ballroom.

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