The American Red Cross invites donors to join the race to help save lives at the 11th annual Talladega Superspeedway Laps for Life Blood Drive. The drive will be held Thursday, Sept. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at the speedway’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
All presenting donors will get a high-speed ride around NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track in a Talladega Superspeedway vehicle, self-guided tour of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, a commemorative T-shirt and two tickets to fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Oct. 22, 2016, while supplies last.
The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to ensure communities are prepared to meet the diverse needs of all patients. Blood is needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
“Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the Talladega Superspeedway team for partnering with us to create this fun tradition of rolling up a sleeve at the speedway and helping to ensure a stable blood supply.”
Talladega Superspeedway Laps for Life Blood Drive
Thursday, Sept. 1
Noon to 6 p.m.
International Motorsports Hall of Fame – Fox Sports 1 Dome
3366 Speedway Blvd.
Talladega, AL 35160
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors of all blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.