Laps for Life Blood Drive

For those who have been waiting for summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is when their favorite season gets started.  If you’re a race fan, it doesn’t get much better than a weekend featuring the Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 as well as numerous races on local tracks including Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.  Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) invites you to start the summer off right by donating blood during the Laps for Life Blood Drive, May 24th, 25th and 26th at CBCO Donor Centers across the region.

Each participant in the Laps for Life Blood Drive will receive an O’Reilly Auto Parts ball cap and a collectible t-shirt with the event logo emblazoned on the front.  Participants in Springfield and Joplin will also receive tickets to an upcoming race at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.  O’Reilly Auto Parts has also contributed a grand prize ticket package featuring tickets to an upcoming NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway in November.

The Laps for Life Blood Drive occurs just before the Memorial Day weekend, when blood supplies for patients at thirty-eight area hospitals can and often do run short. “The need for blood never takes a holiday,” said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. “We’re excited about this event, and thankful for the support of O’Reilly Auto Parts, Lucas Oil Speedway, our area media and our donors.”

It takes around 275 blood donations each day to meet the needs of local patients. On behalf of patients across the region, thank you for giving life to your community.