Richmond International Raceway's Drive for Life This Sunday
Richmond International Raceway's Drive for Life Aims to Improve the Lives of Thousands
Track officials at Richmond International Raceway announced today it will host a blood drive and sign up new donors for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry of volunteer marrow donors on Sunday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the raceway's infield. Richmond International Raceway's Drive for Life is a collaborative effort between the track, Virginia Blood Services, the Hendrick Marrow Program, the National Marrow Donor Program, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation.
"Richmond International Raceway values its community and is always looking for new ways to give back to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area," said track president Doug Fritz. "By partnering with these great organizations, we will be able to collect much-needed blood for Virginia residents and sign up potential marrow donors for the national registry. I encourage everyone to help support this community effort by participating in Richmond International Raceway's Drive for Life."
As a special incentive, those who donate blood or sign up for the marrow registry will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a Pace Car ride around Richmond International Raceway's ¾-mile track (weather permitting). Additionally, many prizes will be given away, including a 20-inch LCD television donated by the FUNAI Corporation, two Ride-Along Experiences from Richard Petty Driving Experience (visit www.1800bepetty.com for details), a one-year membership to American Family Fitness, autographed Jimmie Johnson hats, Richmond International Raceway memorabilia and a weekend stay for two at the Wyndham Hotel Richmond Airport. Richmond-based Austins of America entertainment company will provide fun for the kids with an inflatable moonbounce.
Richmond International Raceway's Drive for Life is the final opportunity of the year to help with the 2006 NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive. Thirteen other tracks on the NASCAR circuit participated earlier in the year and collected more than 1,800 units of blood. With the help of donors at Richmond International Raceway, the goal of 2,000 units can be met.
"My work with the blood centers has shown me the importance of blood donations," said Jimmie Johnson, driver of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet. "The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive is a great way to build awareness within the NASCAR family, and I encourage fans everywhere to get involved and participate."
The drive has also resulted in more than 330 participants being added to the National Marrow Donor Program Registry of volunteer marrow donors. The bone marrow registry offers vital support and hope for thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases that search the registry every day for donors who could provide the life-saving marrow.
"I have learned through my personal experience how important the National Marrow Donor Program Registry is to patients in search of hope," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Joining the Registry is a quick, pain-free process that could save someone's life. The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive is a wonderful way to help those in need and have a little fun at the same time."
To register and learn more about this event, please visit www.nascar.com/foundation. For specific information about giving blood, please contact Virginia Blood Services at 800-989-4438 or visit www.vablood.org. To learn more about joining the National Marrow Donor Program Registry of volunteer marrow donors, please call 804-288-9483.
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