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The NASCAR Foundation 3RD Annual Blood and Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance set for Sept. 11TH
Lowe's Motor Speedway and Bank of America, in partnership with The NASCAR Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities, will hold blood and marrow drives on Sept. 11 from 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the track and 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Founders Hall in the Belk Theater lobby in uptown Charlotte. The drives are part of The NASCAR Foundation Third Annual Blood and Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance that is being held at 32 locations across the country.
The national event is a partnership between The NASCAR Foundation, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Hendrick Marrow Program and 32 NASCAR Nationwide, NASCAR Sprint Cup and local NASCAR Home Tracks. The largest effort of its kind within the motorsports industry, The NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive has collected enough pints of blood and names for the National Marrow Donor Program® Registry to potentially save more than 17,000 lives since its launch in 2006.
In addition to corporate support received from Nationwide Insurance and The Nationwide Foundation, Bank of America made a generous donation to The Marrow Foundation in support of the Hendrick Marrow Program to support marrow typing, which costs approximately $52 per person.
"As the Official Bank of NASCAR and Lowe's Motor Speedway, Bank of America invites everyone to come out and support this great cause," said Charles Bowman, Charlotte and North Carolina president, Bank of America. We are proud to support The NASCAR Foundation in this endeavor and look forward to another successful year."
As a special incentive, participants who donate blood or get tested for a marrow donation at either location will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a chance to attend a race in 2009 and meet NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. In addition, all participants will receive a special NASCAR themed gift bag, while supplies last.
Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has served as the official spokesperson for the Blood & Marrow Drive since it began in 2006.
"It has been incredible to watch the drive grow over the past two years," said Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. "Each year, we have been able to add more tracks and locations to the program. This will be our biggest drive yet. It is amazing how everyone is able to come together on one day to make such a huge impact."
In 2007, The NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive collected 3,410 pints of blood and added 1,031 new members to the National Donor Program Registry from 24 participating tracks.
Every year the drive mobilizes some of NASCAR's biggest players - tracks, teams and sponsors - in an effort to try and meet the desperate need for blood donations and National Marrow Donor Program Registry members. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day and approximately 6,000 people every day are searching for a marrow match.
To learn more about the drives being hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway or Bank of America, or to learn more about The NASCAR Foundation Third Annual Blood & Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.
About Nationwide Insurance/ Nationwide Foundation
The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Foundation has committed more than $190 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide associates and their families live and work.
Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, with more than $161 billion in assets. Nationwide ranks #108 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
About Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the two- time reigning Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS in NASCAR's top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $1.7 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
About Hendrick Marrow Program
Rick Hendrick established the Hendrick Marrow Program as a fund of The Marrow Foundation in 1997 following his diagnosis with leukemia. Although Mr. Hendrick never required a marrow transplant, he is committed to supporting the thousands of Americans who search the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry every day in hope of finding a lifesaving marrow donor. The Hendrick Marrow Program's goals are to raise funds to support donor recruitment drives across the country and to assist patients with uninsured transplant-related expenses.
About Speedway Children's Charities
Makinga difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities (www.speedwaycharities.org) and we strive to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations we support nationwide.
Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. In 2007, the chapters combined to award more than $3.3 million to over 510 organizations. For more info please visit www.speedwaycharities.org