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Nevada's largest blood drive a success

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The exterior of University Medical Center appears in this undated file photo. (FILE/FOX5) The exterior of University Medical Center appears in this undated file photo. (FILE/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

There was a big competition happening at the University Medical Center Wednesday that had people saving lives.

The United Blood Services, along with UMC was hosting the "Heroes challenge blood drive.”

The event was one of the largest blood drives in Nevada.

“It’s a friendly competition between law enforcement, fire, and UMC, to see who can generate the most blood donations for the year,” said Mason Vanhouweling, of UMC.

Organizers said at one point police and fire donated about 145 units, with UMC adding another 200.

“We're all dedicated to changing lives, but this is just another way we can make a difference in our communities," said Vanhouweling.

Hundreds from the community, along with officials donated blood and came together for a good cause at UMC.

“Our community is amazing about coming out and supporting each other," said Sgt. Jeff Clark, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Those who donated received gifts and prizes, but most importantly they received the chance to save a life.

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