The Spirit of America Blood Drive will return to Michigan International Speedway and it promises to be just as memorable as past events. This marks the 16th year of the event.
To commemorate the event, the track and Michigan Blood have set a goal of 911 appointments at the 2017 Spirit of America Blood Drive. Those wanting to be part of this event can schedule a time to donate blood at www.SpiritofAmericaBloodDrive.com or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663).
What began in 2002 as a tribute to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 has 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 10,709 blood products, potentially helping to save more than 32,127 lives.
In 2016 alone 510 units were collected. Those donations alone can potentially save 1,530 lives. (Each unit can be transfused to up to three people.)
“We are excited to partner with Michigan Blood for one of the largest blood drives in the state,” track President Rick Brenner said. “This is an opportunity for people throughout the region to donate blood to save so many lives as we pause to remember the events of 9/11.”
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 will get an up-close view of nearly 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.
“The success of saving lives is made possible by the generosity of our dedicated blood donors. But it is also reliant on mobile drive support, sponsorships, and contributions from invaluable community partnerships with organizations like Michigan International Speedway,” said Alicia Barry, Community Relations Manager for Michigan Blood.
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 7 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or at www.SpiritofAmericaBloodDrive.com.
To donate blood, individuals must be 17 years old (16 with parent/guardian consent), weigh at least
112 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. Additional information about blood donation can be found at www.miblood.org. Event details can be found at www.SpiritofAmericaBloodDrive.com.