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Pocono Raceway Annual Blood Drive Has Special Meaning for the Tricky Triangle

MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  One of the largest blood drives in Northeastern Pennsylvania was held on Thursday at the Pocono Raceway.
  The event is in its 13th year and benefits the American Red Cross during the summer season
     This year, the event has a special meaning for the people at the Tricky Triangle.  Eyewitness News Reporter Brianna Strunk has our story.

 There isn't a big race happening, but the Tricky Triangle was still a popular place on Thursday afternoon. 
The public came out to give blood.  Including State Police Dispatcher Peter Garofoo who told us "Oh, it's easy. This is a piece of cake. You basically lie here and they do all the work."


This year's event is in memory of Ryan Yanoshak, who was the Raceway's Marketing Director. 
He passed away in December after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

"He was amazing. He was only with us for 2-3 years in operation, but immediately engrained himself into the culture" Nick Igdalsky, the CEO of Pocono Raceway told Eyewitness News.

The American Red Cross says donations are vital, especially this time of year.   In the summer, people are on vacation and aren't always thinking of giving blood.

"It's a challenge to collect blood and we're in a critical shortage right now with our blood donation" Alana Mauger, Communications Manager for Blood Services.

 With a ten dollar donation to the red cross ---- fans got to live like race-car kings and queens --- driving their personal vehicles --- or motorcycles --- around the track!

"If we can use that as an enticement to dangle in front of people to get them to come out and donate, then we're going to use those assets," said Nick Igdalsky.
Yanoshak's loved ones encourage you to donate because you never know whose life you're helping save.
"If you're healthy enough to contribute, why not?" noted Igdalsky.


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