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Red Cross Honors Its All-Star Blood Donors with Special Patriotic Paint Scheme at This Week’s Race

Appalachian Blood Services Region

May 18, 2012
 

Local Blood Donor Featured on No. 16 Ford Fusion

Red Cross Honors Its All-Star Blood Donors with Special Patriotic Paint Scheme at This Week’s Race

Local Blood Donor Featured on No. 16 Ford Fusion

Appalachian Blood Services Region

352 Church Avenue, SW

Roanoke, VA 24018

Contact: Bob Lutjen

Telephone: 540.985.3563

Email: robert.lutjen@redcross.org

 

Roanoke, VA – May 18, 2012 – Driver Greg Biffle will salute Red Cross blood donors during the May 19 NASCAR® Sprint® All-Star Race. The No. 16 Ford Fusion will sport a "Saluting Our All-Stars" patriotic paint scheme, highlighting 33 blood donors who will be listed on the car, while honoring millions of others across the country.

Red Cross blood donors provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply – helping the Red Cross ensure that lifesaving blood and blood products are available for patients in need -- right here in our community and across the country. Eligible whole blood donors can give blood once every 56 days at Red Cross blood drives and donor centers.

Bo Newcomb, of Christiansburg Virginia is one of the Appalachian Region’s top platelet donors with over 450 donations.

"I am extremely happy to be selected to represent this region. I started donating whole blood in 1967 as a 17 year old freshman at VA Tech. Later I was asked to donate to help replace blood needed for my Sister when she had lung cancer. I continued throughout my time in the military as much as possible. I donated whole blood until 1988 when I was asked to try out the platelet program. I have donated 10.5 gallons of whole blood and 479 successful donations of platelets," said Mr. Newcomb. "My motivation is primarily one of knowing the need and having an ample supply of what’s needed. The American Red Cross staff are such a caring group of people, all of whom I greatly appreciate."

Biffle, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, also is a regular blood donor.

"I encourage everyone who is able to give blood to visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and find a blood donation location," said Biffle. "This week, I gave blood along with my No. 16 team. It was easy, convenient and I feel great knowing that I may help save a life."

The Red Cross is celebrating its fifth year of the Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. The No. 16 Ford also will sport a Red Cross paint scheme during the June 30 race in Kentucky, thanks to the generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle.

How to Donate Blood

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of positive identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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