MIS blood drive honors heroes, victims of 9-11
There’s only one Spirit of America blood drive.
Michigan International Speedway continues its amazing and heartfelt tradition of the Spirit of America blood drive on Wednesday, September 11. The event serves as a special day of activities to honor and remember the victims and heroes of 9-11.
And it only takes place at Michigan International Speedway.
The annual blood drive at the racetrack began as a tribute in 2002 in honor of the victims and heroes of 9-11. Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America blood drive has collected more than 8,876 pints of blood, positively affecting more than 26,688 lives.
The Spirit of America has evolved into more than just a blood drive. It’s an event and a time of reflection – all at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
“The Spirit of America is one of the most incredible events we will host all year,” said Roger Curtis, track president. “It has evolved out of a simple need to want to do something for 9-11 into a meaningful, heartfelt and truly good thing to do with our community. This event is unique to MIS, and the only place anywhere where the experience while here is as awesome as the act of donating blood itself.”
To participate in the commemorative tribute and behind the scenes MIS experience, donors must have an appointment. Appointments are limited to 600 guests between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be made online through: http://bit.ly/19jsuYZ or the Spirit of America website, www.SpiritOfAmericaBloodDrive.com.
Appointments are also available by calling 1-866-miblood (866-642-5663). New donors are welcome. Donors may bring one non-donating person with them.
MIS has partnered with Michigan Blood, a nonprofit, community service organization founded in 1955, to host the blood drive and Be the Match® Registry drive.
Those who attempt to donate will have the opportunity to travel by MIS tram around the track, through the tunnel to the pits, and into MIS’s Home of the Brave, a 4,000-square-foot multi-media exhibit featuring “as it happened videos,” Presidential letters, magazines and newspapers, and additional tributes.
Donors will also be treated to a lunch by CP Federal Credit Union in the Champions Club overlooking the track.
In addition to lunch, the track tour and Heroes Hall experience, all donors will receive a Spirit of America gift bag, pin, t-shirt and commemorative item. During lunch, donors can also learn more about and join the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be the Match® Registry affiliated with Michigan Blood, and the Gift of Life Organ Donation Program.
At the conclusion of the tour, donors will get an up-close view of more than 3,000 American flags proudly displayed at Unity Field 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.
Anyone may come to Unity Field. Only blood donors with scheduled appointments will receive the track and museum tours, gift bag and lunch.
To donate, you must be 17 years old (16 with written parent’s/guardian’s consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and pass the health screening. You also may not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days of attempting to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID).
For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.
About Michigan International Speedway
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time at NASCAR’s fastest racetrack for race fans and drivers alike.