Dr. Charles R. Drew Memorial Blood Drive

Friday, June 20th, 2014 @ 3:00PM

The Brothers of Chi Omicron Chapter and Epsilon Iota Iota Chapter in conjunction with the American Red Cross and The Edge Fitness hosted a blood drive on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 aimed at increasing awareness of the need for blood donors overall, and specifically in the African American community. Transfusions of blood and other blood products occur by the millions each year in emergency situations, and in the on-going treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD), cancer, and other blood disorders.

“Why is it important for the African-American community to get involved in blood donations”, you may ask. Simply said, “to help its fellow man”. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SCD occurs in 1 out of every 500 Black/African American births. The sickle cell trait, the genetic marker that may lead to SCD, is even more common to Black/African-American births, occurring in 1 out of every 12 (8.3% of the Black/African-American population). SCD disproportionately affects the Black/African-American community, and while there is no central treatment for all of its symptoms — blood transfusions remain a critical option for treatment of severe SCD cases.

For more information on SCD, please visit the CDC, and we encourage you to join us in this noble cause.

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