1,330 units of blood collected!

2010 Spirit of America Blood Drive

With the generosity and support of more than 1,200 donors, the Spirit of America Blood Drive at Michigan International Speedway will again save thousands of lives after collecting a record 1,330 units of blood during the 12-hour event on September 11.

The 1,330 units can potentially save 3,990 lives. (Each unit can be transfused to up to three people.)

The 2010 event not only bettered last year’s mark of 1,297 units, but continued to make the Spirit of America Blood Drive the nation’s largest single-day drive on 9-11.

Combined with the previous eight such blood drives at MIS, the Spirit of America effort has collected a grand total of 7,546 units of blood, potentially benefiting 22,638 people since its inception in 2002.

“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 1,330 units of blood donated during the Spirit of America Blood Drive.

Kimberly Robinson, 24, of Jackson, Mich. has donated blood regularly since 2003, however, this was her first time giving at the Spirit of America Blood Drive.

“I enjoy giving blood. I feel like I’m giving something back by donating,” Robinson said. “I heard about the event from a girl in my class. I knew I was ready to give again and so I decided to come out and see what it was all about. This is the first time I’ve given at the Spirit of America Blood Drive and it’s truly is an amazing event. I’m glad I attended the event and will plan on coming back again next year.”

Additionally, 92 people signed up for the Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry.

Appointments are now being taken for next year’s Spirit of America Blood Drive on September 11, 2011 by calling 1-800-YOU-GAVE (968-4283).

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
2009                             1,297                            3,891
2010                             1,330                            3,990
Total                            7,546                           22,638

* 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.

Sponsors of the ninth annual Spirit of America Blood Drive include: A&E Printers, 3M, Advance America, Americrown, Be The Match, Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn-Irish Hills Kiwanis Club, Chevy Trucks, C&L Sanitation, Coke, Culver’s, DDM Marketing & Communications, Evelyn Bay Coffee, FOX 47, Gift of Life, Jackson Community Ambulance, Michigan CAT, Prestige Promotional Products, Print Tech, Richard Petty Driving Experience, The Home Depot, Vitamin Water.

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