Auto Club Speedway Hosted the September 11 Blood And Marrow Drive In Memory Of U.S. Marine First Lt. Joshua M. Palmer

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Auto Club Speedway, in partnership with the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, The NASCAR Foundation, Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Hendrick Marrow Program invited Southern Californians to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life at The NASCAR Foundation Third Annual Blood and Marrow Drive on Patriot Day, Thursday, September 11, 2008 at Auto Club Speedway.

The blood and marrow drive at Auto Club Speedway was in memory of fallen U.S. Marine First Lt. Joshua M. Palmer of San Bernardino County, Calif. First Lt. Palmer, 25, died April 8, 2004 due to injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He received the Bronze Star Medal (posthumously) for his bravery in Iraq. 

In addition to donating blood and marrow, the community was encouraged to stop by and register with the National Marrow Donor Program at no charge. In honor of Patriot Day, donors also had the opportunity to sign a card thanking service men and women, veterans and first responders. For every lifesaving donation made during the drive, participants will receive points as part of the “Gift of Life” Donor Loyalty Program that may be redeemed for items at the Blood Bank’s online store.

The NASCAR Foundation Third Annual Blood and Marrow Drive is the largest effort of its kind within the motorsports industry, with 28 NASCAR racetracks around the country participating in the drive.  Since its launch in 2006 The NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive has collected enough pints of blood to potentially save more than 17,000 lives and has added more than 1,500 members to the National Marrow Donor Program® Registry giving hope to the 6,000 patients searching the Registry every day.

For more information on The NASCAR Foundation Third Annual Blood and Marrow Drive at Auto Club Speedway, please call the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties at (800) 879-4484, or visit www.bbsbrc.org or foundation.nascar.com

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