It is time for NASCAR enthusiasts to rev up their engines and head to their local Blood Assurance location for the fourth annual NASCAR promotion. From Monday, March 19 to Saturday, April 14 blood donors can register to win tickets to Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway courtesy of Whitfield Oil Company, Valvoline and Sunoco Racing Fuels.
"Whitfield Oil Company is excited to be teamed up with Valvoline, and Sunoco Racing Fuels (The Official Fuel of NASCAR), for another important racing blood drive with Blood Assurance," Whitfield Oil Company vice president Shawn Whitfield said. "Blood Assurance is a very vital part of our community by saving lives every day, and we're glad to be a part of a program that is so important to people in the communities in which we live."
Blood Assurance, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, supplies blood components to 37 hospitals and 16 medical facilities throughout 31 counties in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. Every day the regional blood center needs at least 400 units from volunteer donors to ensure an adequate blood supply for these healthcare facilities.
"I donated blood myself recently, and the staff at Blood Assurance made it easy," Whitfield said. "I encourage everyone to donate blood, because you never know when you may need someone in your community to give back to you or your family."
The opportunity to save up to three people's lives takes about 30 to 40 minutes and includes a lifestyle questionnaire, mini-physical and the blood donation. However, the actual whole blood donation only takes about five to seven minutes. A whole blood donation is nearly one pint, or roughly one pound, of red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Humans have approximately 10 to 12 pints of blood in their bodies. The body replenishes the blood fairly quickly; therefore, donors are eligible to donate every eight weeks. Although blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and feel healthy.
All donors will receive a free NASCAR T-shirt featuring Blood Assurance and promotion sponsors Whitfield Oil and Talk Radio 102.3 Village Idiots. Donors can register to win NASCAR tickets during the promotion, and the lucky winner will be announce LIVE on Talk Radio 102.3 on Monday, April 16. For more information about Blood Assurance, please call (800) 962-0628 or visit www.bloodassurance.org.