NASCAR Foundation news 2008-10-29

The NASCAR Foundation's Third Annual Blood And Marrow Drive Presented By Nationwide Insurance Will Potentially Save 17,000 Lives CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2008) -- NASCAR fans and community members came out en masse on Sept. 11 to participate in...

The NASCAR Foundation's Third Annual Blood And Marrow Drive Presented By Nationwide Insurance Will Potentially Save 17,000 Lives

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2008) -- NASCAR fans and community members came out en masse on Sept. 11 to participate in The NASCAR Foundation's third annual Blood and Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance at 30 locations across the country.

A total of 4,147 pints of blood were collected and approximately 4,584 new members joined the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Registry. There were 1,239 individuals who joined the NMDP Registry at participating locations around the country and an additional 3,345 members joined by ordering a "Do It Yourself" kit online. Funding for the online drive was made possible from a generous donation by the Nationwide Foundation and Hendrick Marrow Program.

A partnership between The NASCAR Foundation, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Hendrick Marrow Program and Nationwide Foundation, the third annual Blood and Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance has the potential to save more than 17,000 lives through blood donations and will give hope to the thousands of patients searching the NMDP Registry for an unrelated marrow donor.

"We are extremely excited with the amazing participation for the event this year, from both fans and our employees here at Nationwide," said John Aman, associate vice president of strategic sponsorship at Nationwide Insurance. "This is yet another example of how NASCAR fans have such a tremendous amount of loyalty and support for not only the sport they love but for its charitable causes as well. We truly appreciate being involved in such a worthy event."

The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance helps serve a desperate need for blood donations and marrow matches -- more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day and over 6,000 people are searching for an unrelated donor on any given day.

Since the drive began in 2006, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has served as its spokesperson.

"It has been amazing to watch the blood and marrow drive grow over the past three years. The addition of over four thousand new members to the NMDP Registry this year is phenomenal," said Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. "We are proud to support the cause and we are thrilled that so many people are involved with the drive. It's such a simple and easy way to help save a life."

Rounding out the national effort, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will hold its NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive on Dec. 2. For more information or to learn more, please visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.

-credit: nascar

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