Darlington Raceway Collects 380 Units Of Blood For Pee Dee Region American Red Cross In 2013

American Red Cross

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 13, 2013) – Race fans and community members joined Darlington Raceway on Patriots Day for the eighth annual  9/11 Darlington Raceway Blood Drive.  A total of 183 units of blood were collected on Wednesday.

Combined with the 197 units of blood collected during Darlington Raceway’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in May, the track Too Tough To Tame has collected 380 units of blood for the Pee Dee chapter of the American Red Cross.  With each unit having the ability to help up to three patients in need, Darlington Raceway’s efforts will help approximately 1,140 people in our community.

Summer is the most critical time of year for blood donations, with one in seven individuals entering the hospital needing blood. The South Carolina blood supply is at the lowest level it’s been in more than 15 years and Darlington Raceway’s efforts assist in giving the American Red Cross a much needed boost in the number of units collected during the summer months.

“Darlington Raceway is committed to supporting our community,” said track President Chip Wile.  “It’s a great opportunity to bring our passionate fan base together to support the Pee Dee chapter of the American Red Cross and help save lives in our community.  I am grateful for the generosity of our fans and community members for donating blood and helping to make this event a success, and look forward to hosting many more community events.”

Since 2005, Darlington Raceway has collected 1,668 units of blood for the Pee Dee chapter of the American Red Cross, potentially saving the lives of 5,004 people in our community.

“The American Red Cross applauds Darlington Raceway for its outstanding efforts to help save lives by hosting the 9/11 memorial blood drive,” said Ryan Corcoran, CEO for the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. “The annual event is a meaningful way for the community to pay tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago while also helping patients who depend on blood transfusions today. Darlington Raceway is an outstanding supporter of the Red Cross, and we are extremely fortunate to work with such a charitable organization.”

As a result of the overwhelming turnout for the first two blood drives at Darlington Raceway in 2013, a third blood drive at the track Too Tough To Tame is tentatively scheduled for December 18, 2013.

The ninth annual 9/11 Darlington Raceway Blood Drive is scheduled for September 11, 2014.  Donors may register in advance for the drive by contacting the Pee Dee chapter of the American Red Cross.

  Darlington Raceway, the track Too Tough To Tame as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.
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