NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive Returns to Darlington Raceway on September 11
DARLINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 2, 2008) – NASCAR fans will again have the chance in 2008 to visit Darlington Raceway and save a life – just by rolling up their sleeves.
Darlington Raceway, with the American Red Cross and the NASCAR Foundation, is one of over 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks scheduled to host the Annual NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive on Thursday, September 11. The Darlington event, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and end at 7 p.m., will take place inside the track’s infield care center.
Potential donors can register now at www.givelife.org by entering the zip code “29532.” Information is also available at www.redcross.org or by calling Darlington Raceway at (843) 395-8892.
The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive seeks to provide a unique experience that brings out the goodwill and community pride in all race fans. In addition to giving blood, fans will also be encouraged to join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry of volunteer marrow donors.
Marrow donors are needed in our local community to help save a life. Dr. Preston A. Jones has earned the reputation as a “go-to” physician, the doctor colleagues at Providence Hospital in Columbia, SC want at their side when things get tough.
Over the years, there has been no obstacle too high for Dr. Jones, no task too challenging and no case too difficult, until now. Dr. Jones was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He began chemo treatments that following Friday. Unfortunately, the treatments are not producing the results the doctors would like. A Bone Marrow Transplant is Dr. Jones’ only option for survival. It is imperative a bone marrow match is found to assist Dr. Jones in his fight for survival. It is up to the community that he has worked for so diligently for so many years to come together and offer their support for Dr. Jones.
It only takes 10 minutes to offer a swab to be typed for a marrow match that could help save a life. It only takes one hour to donate blood or platelets to help a Leukemia patient gain strength for their fight. This is an opportunity to give back to an incredible man who has dedicated his life to servicing the sick and needy. This is an opportunity to give to a stranger who needs the gift of life.
2007 was the most prolific year for the Drive, as 24 participating tracks nationwide combined to collect 3,410 pints of blood. In all, the Drive has collected enough blood and marrow to potentially save 17,000 lives in its two-year history.
Those visiting Darlington for the NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive will have the chance to take in a unique racing experience while at the track. Donors will each receive a NASCAR goody bag as well as a pace car ride around the famed 1.336-mile egg-shaped oval.
Potential blood donors must weigh 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age (16 with a signed Red Cross parental consent form). Potential donors must be in good health, must not have donated blood in the past 56 days, and must present a current donor card or proper form of photo identification at the time of donation.
Donation slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so potential donors are encouraged to act swiftly to take in the ultimate combination of community and racing.