The Tri-Cities Patriot Day Eighth Annual Blood Drive, held in memory of those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Bristol Motor Speedway's north entrance.

A partnership between Marsh Regional Blood Center and Wellmont Health System, last year's drive collected more than 150 units of blood, setting a record for the most units of blood donated in one day. Officials have set this year's goal at 200 units.

The first 200 donors receive a BMS goody bag, and all donors have the opportunity to drive their vehicle around the World's Fastest Half Mile from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. that day. Donors also receive a 9/11 memorial t-shirt and can register for the chance to win two tickets to the Tennessee Titans Dec. 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis.

Over the last seven year the blood drive at BMS has resulted in more than 1,000 units of blood collected, and hundreds signing up for the National Bone Marrow registry. For more information concerning the blood drive, please call (423) 652-0255. Walk-ups are welcome.

One blood donation can help save the lives of three people. And each year, over 35,000 people with life-threatening illnesses could benefit from a marrow or blood cell transplant.

All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Donors must have eaten a substantial, well-balanced meal four to six hours prior to making a blood donation and should be generally healthy (i.e. no colds, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters) within three days of their donation. Donors should not have taken antibiotics within seven days of donating blood. Also, anyone who has had a tattoo, accidental needle stick, or exposure to blood in the past year will not be eligible to donate.