Darlington Raceway Sponsors Blood Drive to Commemorate 12th Anniversary of 9/11

August 12, 2013

CONTACTS: Chasity Humphries, 843-992-4808, chasity.humphriesc@redcross.org

  Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034, jamie.muldrow@redcross.org


Darlington, S.C., Aug. 7, 2013 — This September, the American Red Cross and Darlington Raceway invite area residents to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 by giving blood at the 8th annual Darlington Raceway 9/11 memorial blood drive. The event will take place 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Darlington Raceway infield media center, 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy.

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


All presenting donors will have the chance to drive their own car around the track Too Tough to Tame, plus they’ll receive a free haircut coupon from SportClips.


“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Darlington Raceway for eight consecutive years for the annual 9/11 memorial blood drive,” said Ryan Corcoran, chief executive officer 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. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.


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. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


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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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.