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Red Cross racing season revs up summer


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Greg Biffle - driver of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford Fusion - has signed on again as a Red Cross spokesperson this 2010 racing season to help raise awareness among the 75 million NASCAR fans across the country about the ongoing need for blood donations.

Thanks to a generous donation by 3M, Biffle, a Red Cross blood donor and member of its National Celebrity Cabinet, will wear the Red Cross fire suit and drive the No. 16 Ford Fusion with the full Red Cross paint scheme at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race on June 27 and at the Texas Motor Speedway race on November 7, 2010.

"I'm proud to be an American Red Cross blood donor," said Biffle. "I give blood because it's easy to do and helps support the community. I hope NASCAR fans across the country will join me and be a lifesaver this racing season by donating blood."

Red Cross blood donors and supporters can participate in the Red Cross Racing donor rewards program by accruing points for blood donation activities including giving blood and/or platelets, and recruiting others to donate blood. After reaching Elite status, members may exchange those points for Red Cross Racing gear. Donations may be reported until January 2011. Fans can join the program by visiting redcrossracing.com.

New this season is the Red Cross Racing Hall of Fame. This is a new incentive celebrating members who have been registered for Red Cross Racing for two consecutive years and reported at least two blood donations per year. "We want to reward them by giving them a chance to be inducted into the Red Cross Racing Hall of Fame," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the American Red Cross Blood Services Region. "Red Cross Racing is a great opportunity for loyal NASCAR fans to become dedicated Red Cross blood donors. We hope NASCAR fans will follow Greg Biffle's lead and support the Red Cross by donating blood."

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

• July 16, 2010: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, United Methodist Church, 212 St Anthony St N, Preston.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross 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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