With reserve blood supplies often hitting their lowest levels in the summer months, the fourth annual NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 30 to assist the American Red Cross in refueling blood banks.
The fourth annual NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive will utilize more than 30 NASCAR facilities nationwide to help meet demand of more than 38,000 blood donations needed daily and approximately 6,000 people who are seeking a marrow match each day. Atlanta Motor Speedway's drive will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. in the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield Media Center.
For a complete list of participating locations or to pre-register to give, please visit http://foundation.nascar.com.
A free pace car ride around Atlanta Motor Speedway's full 1.54-mile quad-oval track will be offered to those who donate at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 30. In addition, donors will be entered for a prize drawing that will include two tickets, plus pre-race pit passes, to the entire 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The American Red Cross Blood Services Southern Region, which supplies blood to approximately 130 hospitals in Georgia, must receive 1,200 blood donations each day to meet the needs of patients in the region. Blood donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.givebloodredcross.org to make an appointment to give blood.
The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) helps people who need a life-saving marrow or blood cell transplant by connecting patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives. To join the National Marrow Donor Registry, please call 1-800-MARROW2 or visit www.marrow.org for more information.