1,179 Blood Units Collected!

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With the generosity and support of more than 1,000 donors, the Spirit of America Blood Drive at Michigan International Speedway will again save thousands of lives after collecting a record 1,179 units of blood during the 12-hour event on September 11.

The 1,179 units can potentially save 3,537 lives. (Each unit can be transfused to up to three people.)

The 2008 event not only bettered last year’s mark of 962 units, but continued to make the Spirit of America Blood Drive one of the nation’s largest single-day drives on 9-11.

Combined with the previous six such blood drives at Michigan International Speedway, the Spirit of America effort has collected a grand total of 4,919 units of blood, potentially benefiting 14,757 people since its inception in 2002.

“This is wonderful news. I can’t say enough about the countless efforts of donors, volunteers, sponsors, American Red Cross and MIS employees and the many others who helped make this event a success,” MIS Director of Guest Services and Spirit of America founder Tim Booth said. “A special thanks goes out to the blood donors. This drive wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their generosity.”

The Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross will benefit from the 1,179 units of blood donated during the Spirit of America Blood Drive.

“Each year, it is truly remarkable to witness the outpouring of support and giving that has made the Spirit of America Blood Drive blossom,” CEO of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region Blood Services Sharon Jaksa said. “A drive of this magnitude happens not only because of the dedicated efforts of the staff and volunteers from Michigan International Speedway and the Red Cross, but also because of the commitment made by the hundreds of donors that take the time to give the gift of life.”

Spirit of America Blood Drive Totals

Year
Units Collected
Potential Lives Saved*
2002
375
1,125
2003
433
1,299
2004
535
1,605
2005
646
1,938
2006
789
2,367
2007

962
2,886
2008
1,179
3,537
Total
4,919
14,757

* Each blood unit has the potential to be transfused to up to 3 people

The Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross collects blood from volunteer donors in 65 Michigan counties and helps provides blood products to patients in 129 hospitals statewide. In the past 12 months, the American Red Cross has experienced frequent and severe blood shortages. Supplies of critical blood types have been as low as six hours but rarely higher than two days. The Red Cross considers a three-day supply of all blood types to be safe and adequate for meeting emergency and ongoing medical needs.

The Spirit of America Blood Drive is part of a 28-track effort to support the NASCAR Foundation’s Blood & Marrow Drive. The Spirit of America Blood Drive at MIS was the catalyst for NASCAR to support and encourage a cross-country blood drive at many of its sanctioning racetracks.

Sponsors of the seventh annual Spirit of America Blood Drive include: AAA, Advance America, Americrown, Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce, Chevy Trucks, C&L Sanitation, Coca-Cola, Culver’s, DDM Marketing & Communications, Defined Wellness Center, FOX 47, Hendrick Marrow Program, Herald Printing, Jackson Community Ambulance, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Michigan CAT, NASCAR Foundation, National Marrow Donor Program, Nationwide, Richard Petty Driving Experience, Sprint, Vitamin Water and the Walton Agency.

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