Spirit of America Blood Drive

All Spirit of America Blood Drive appointments are filled


Marking its 10th anniversary, the Spirit of America Blood Drive at Michigan International Speedway is pleased to announce that all appointments for its September 11 event have been filled.

People still wishing to donate blood for the event may call 1-800-968-4283 ext. 317 and be added to a waiting list. Guests added to the waiting list will be contacted by an American Red Cross representative should an appointment become available.

“This is tremendously positive news for the Spirit of America Blood Drive,” said Michigan International Speedway Director of Guest Services and Spirit of America founder Tim Booth. “It is the 10th anniversary of this great event and to have all our appointments filled this far in advance says a lot about the compassion of people to do their part to honor the victims of 9-11 by giving blood on that special day.”

With the 10th anniversary of 9-11 approaching, the Spirit of America Blood Drive will feature a special tribute throughout the weekend. On Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11, from 9 p.m. until midnight each night, the drive’s Unity Field will feature a single beam of light pointed straight to the sky in a tribute to the victims of 9-11.

‘Ray of Remembrance’ will be visible from many of the surrounding communities of MIS and people are encouraged to visit the “Ray of Remembrance,” which will be proudly displayed at Unity Field, the 3,000 flag tribute in the speedway’s Lot 10 in front of the administration building. Unity Field and the “Ray of Remembrance” tribute is free.

“Since it is the 10th anniversary of 9-11, we wanted to do something special throughout the weekend so community members and fans of the track could visit and remember the lives that were lost on that tragic day 10 years ago,” Booth said. “Ray of Remembrance will be a one-time tribute to 9-11 for the 10th anniversary and we encourage people to view the magnificent Unity Field with the Ray of Remembrance shining to the sky above telling the victims of 9-11 that they are not forgotten.”

Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America Blood Drive has grown into one of the largest 9-11 blood drives in the nation with more than 1,300 units of blood collected just last year. In the past nine years, more than 7,546 units of blood have been collected at the Spirit of America Drive, positively affecting more than 22,638 lives.

This year, all presenting donors receive a Spirit of America gift bag, Culver’s lunch in the Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union, and a track tour, which features ‘Unity Field’ and the ‘Home of the Brave.’

Donors will get an up-close view of more than 3,000 American flags proudly displayed to honor the victims of 9-11. The flags, each representing victims of the 9-11 attacks, are placed in the speedway’s Lot 10 by veterans from local American Legion chapters.

The Spirit of America Blood Drive featured a new element in its 2010 event. The Home of the Brave will again be displayed in the speedway’s infield Pit Road Suites building. The tribute is a place for remembrance, education and inspiration and features a video timeline of the 9-11 events as well as murals, various newspaper headlines and presidential letters, which honor the tragedies of September 11.

Be the Match Registry, a National Marrow Donor program, and Gift of Life Michigan will also be on hand to provide all visitors the opportunity to sign up for their database free of charge.

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

About the American Red Cross
The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in about 70 hospitals in the region.  In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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