Red Cross Honors Its All-Star Blood Donors

Driver Greg Biffle salutes Red Cross blood donors during the May 19 NASCAR® Sprint® All-Star Race. The No. 16 Ford Fusion will sport a “Saluting Our All-Stars” patriotic paint scheme, highlighting 33 blood donors listed on the car, while honoring thousands across the country.

Red Cross blood donors provide more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply – helping the Red Cross ensure that life-saving blood and blood products reach patients across the country. Eligible donors can give blood once every 56 days at Red Cross blood drives and donor centers.

Teddy Peetz, an All-Star donor, lives in Vancouver, Wash., Biffle’s hometown, and is a longtime racing fan. He and his best friend Bill McGinnis both have given blood for 50 years. Now, at age 67, they meet every two weeks to donate platelets. In honor of their combined 900 donations since 1989, the two are serving as honorary pit crew members for the No. 16 Ford.

“I give blood because it’s important to stay involved in my community,” said Peetz. “I started young and I’ve never broken the habit.”

“And it gives us an excuse to meet every two weeks,” added McGinnis. “I’ve met so many people who have benefited from blood donations so you know that your donation is directly helping another person.”

Biffle, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, also is a regular blood donor.

“I encourage everyone who is able to give blood to visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and find a blood donation location," said Biffle. "This week, I gave blood along with my No. 16 team. It was easy, convenient and I feel great knowing that I may help save a life."

Joining Biffle at the Red Cross blood drive this week was All-Star blood donor Ken Temple, of Mooresville, NC. Temple has donated blood more than 700 times since 1957.

“I give because I can; people need help in so many ways” said Temple, a retired police officer who turned 73 this week. “As long as I can, I will be a Red Cross donor.”

The American Red Cross celebrates the fifth year of the Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. The No. 16 Ford also will sport a Red Cross paint scheme during the June 30 race in Kentucky, thanks to the generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle.

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