Darlington Raceway to host American Blood Drive event on May 21
Another great tradition returns to Darlington Raceway, for the first time since 2015, as the track will partner with the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross to host a blood drive event on Tuesday, May 21 from 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
From 2005-2015, the track hosted an annual blood drive event which experienced tremendous success by collecting thousands of units of blood. Each donated unit can potentially save the lives of up to three recipients.
“This is a community event we hosted for 10 years and we are pleased to bring it back in 2019,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “It’s an important initiative for our track and the American Red Cross is a tremendous community partner. We hope donors will come out and donate blood to support this event. Blood donations help patients who undergo surgeries, have chronic illness, traumatic injuries or cancer treatment. By rolling up a sleeve, you can help a loved one or neighbor in the South Carolina community and beyond.”
For each donation, fans will receive the following:
• Behind-the-scenes look at the Lady in Black, including access to the Walk of Champions
• Opportunity to take a pace car ride around the Darlington oval
• Free admission to the track’s museum, which can be redeemed up to a week after the blood drive. The museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• $5 Amazon gift card (*gift cards will be delivered via email within 14-30 days post-donation. Donor must have a valid email address on file with the Red Cross)
The blood drive, which will take place from 2 p.m –7 p.m. on May 21, is now accepting appointments. To reserve your donation time, go to www.redcrossblood. org, click on the Make an Appointment link and enter the sponsor code: DARLINGTONRACEWAY or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Appointments are encouraged in advance.
Since 2005, Darlington Raceway’s blood drives collected over 2,000 units of blood for the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, potentially saving the lives of over 6,000 people in our local community.
The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to approximately 40 hospitals. More than 350 blood and platelet donations are needed every day to support patient needs. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. on NBCSN. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 4 p.m. on NBC. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway. com.