Darlington Raceway to host annual Sept. 11 blood drive

August 25, 2014


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Darlington Raceway to host annual Sept. 11 blood drive

Fans and community members honor Sept. 11 heroes and victims

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 25, 2014) — Darlington Raceway and the American Red Cross will host their ninth annual blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 11, to remember and honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Darlington Raceway infield media center, 1301 Harry Byrd Highway.

For years, the blood drive has provided an opportunity for community members to make a difference in the South Carolina Blood Services Region while paying tribute to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. Through the years, Darlington Raceway blood drives have collected more than 1,600 units of blood with the potential of helping to save thousands more lives. 

“This is a community event that has made a significant impact for the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross since 2005,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “The tragedies of 9/11 impacted us all and it is important that we honor the victims and heroes of that day. The Darlington Raceway blood drive is a good way to pay respects to 9/11 in addition to having an impact on the lives of people that reside in the Pee Dee area.”

To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code darlingtonraceway or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-in donors are welcome.

All presenting donors will receive a pace car ride around the track “Too Tough to Tame.” Presenting donors will also receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at Sport Clips.

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Darlington Raceway for nine consecutive years for the annual 9/11 memorial blood drive,” said Ryan Corcoran, Community CEO of the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. “Donating blood is a meaningful way to honor those whose lives were lost Sept. 11, 2001, while also helping those whose lives depend on blood transfusions today.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is no substitute.

Blood and platelets are 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.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.