Spirit of America
September 11, 2016
The Spirit of America blood drive will return to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan and it promises to be just as memorable as in years past. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
What began in 2002 as a tribute to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11, has now evolved into so much more. This event isn’t just a blood drive - it’s a unique opportunity for the community to honor and remember all those affected by 9/11. Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America blood drive has collected more than 10,194 blood products, potentially helping save more than 30,438 lives.
“The Spirit of America is one of the more moving experiences we host,” said Roger Curtis, MIS president. “It has evolved out of a simple need to want to do something for 9/11 into a meaningful, heartfelt and truly good thing to do with our community. People graciously come out to donate for Michigan Blood and solemnly remember what tragically happened that day.”
Those who attempt to donate blood will have the opportunity to ride the MIS tram around the track, to the Home of the Brave exhibit. The exhibit is a 4,000-square-foot multi-media exhibit featuring videos, presidential letters, magazines, newspapers, and more. Donors will be treated to lunch in the Champions Club overlooking the track and will receive a Spirit of America gift bag, a commemorative pin and t-shirt.
At the end of the tour, donors get an up-close view of more than 3,000 American flags proudly displayed at Unity Field to honor the victims of 9/11. Each flag represents a victim of the attacks, and are placed by community volunteers and the Columbia Central High School Honor Society.
“Michigan Blood is proud to be part of the 15th Anniversary Spirit of America Event,” said Heidi Seitz, donor relations manager for Michigan Blood. “What a great experience donors get to be a part of – not only helping to save lives, but showing tribute and keeping the victims’ memories alive.”
To participate in this extraordinary event and behind the scenes MIS experience, individuals must have an appointment to donate blood. The blood drive runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663). Beginning June 11, donors can also schedule online by visiting https://donate.miblood.org.
To donate blood, individuals must be 17 years old (16 with parent/guardian consent), weigh at least
110 pounds and pass a health screening. Also, donors should not donate whole blood within 56 days of the event. Blood donors should bring photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID. Additional information about blood donation can be found at www.miblood.org. Event details can be found at www.SpiritofAmericaBloodDrive.com.
Spirit of America Events
Date: Sunday, September 11
Where: Michigan International Speedway
Time: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Events: Blood Drive with Michigan Blood