CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2019) — The American Red Cross and Charlotte Motor Speedway are teaming up to offer the Charlotte community an opportunity to recognize 9/11 victims, heroes and first responders at the ninth annual Laps for Life Blood Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 11, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, 5555 Concord Parkway South.
“Every year, millions of Americans observe the anniversary of 9/11 by performing good deeds that help people and communities in need,” said Maya Franklin, external communications manager, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This year, we invite individuals to give blood in memory of those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of that day.”
The Laps for Life blood drive begins with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on the Avenue of Flags by the speedway’s ticket office. There will be a moment of silence at 9:32 a.m. The blood drive will be held at the Paddock Club, located in the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Col. Henry A. Haynes, a retired Army Chaplain and Capt. Tierian “Randy” Cash, a retired Navy Chaplain were assigned to serve at the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The survivors will recount the events of that day. In the weeks following the terror attacks, the pair provided around the clock support for military and civilian personnel in Washington D.C. and New York.
All presenting donors will receive two Bojangles’ Qualifying tickets, a commemorative Laps for Life T-shirt, a Laps for Life gift bag and an opportunity to ride in a pace car on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ road course oval. Donors will also be treated to a block party grill out courtesy of Suburban Propane. Presenting donors who schedule and keep their appointments will receive two tickets to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Those who come to give will also receive a coupon via email for a free haircut from Sport Clips.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.