March is National Blood Clot Awareness Month--Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
For National Blood Clot Awareness Month, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers put forth a challenge. For every lap he leads during March--in either the Nationwide or Sprint Cup Series--he is going to donate $10 a lap, with a minimum $2,000 donation to Clot Connect. The Clot Connect logo and website address will be on Vicker’s car during March. (above is the paint scheme for the March 17 race in Bristol)
Early in the 2010 season, Vickers was diagnosed with blood clots that forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Vickers worked with physicians at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Clot Connect who helped him make informed decisions.
“It was a battle I couldn’t conquer alone,” said Vickers. “UNC Chapel Hill and Clot Connect together were instrumental in providing valuable information that helped me make informative decisions on my treatment plan.”
Vickers has encouraged his friends, partners, and fans to participate in the March fundraising and blood clot awareness challenge. Individuals and organizations are getting involved by either making a donation, matching Vicker’s donation or pledging some variation, such as $1 a lap. We have also heard from fans who have experienced a blood clot themselves and they express a first-hand appreciation for what the connection to educational information means to them personally. We are deeply honored by the outpouring of community support.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of those who have pledged either financial contributions or in-kind services and support for the March campaign:
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation
The NASCAR Foundation
Joe Gibbs Racing
Michael Waltrip Racing
RK Motors Charlotte
We appreciate the support of Clot Connect and our mission to connect patients and healthcare professionals to accurate information about blood clot prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Upwards of 600,000 Americans each year are affected by blood clots (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) and the need for education of both patients and healthcare professionals is great. Many blood clots and their complications are preventable. Currently around 30,000 persons per month utilize Clot Clonnect's web-based education resources. Donations enable us to reach more people with life-saving and life-changing educational information.
About Clot Connect:
Clot Connect, www.clotconnect.org, is an education outreach program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which serves as a comprehensive clearinghouse for reliable, clinically-relevant information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of blood clots called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It is the only education program of its kind in the country.
Clot Connect's outreach is funded through donations and grants; the program currently receives no federal, state or university financial support. Please consider supporting Clot Connect's work by making a tax-deductible financial contribution.