African-American Blood Drive for Sickle Cell

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES TO PARTNER WITH LOS ANGELES SENTINEL NEWSPAPER TO HOLD SICKLE CELL BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH

35 Black Children In Need of Blood Donations from African-American Donors

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper will host a one-day blood drive to increase awareness about sickle cell disease and the importance of blood donations within the African-American community. The blood drive will take place on Friday, March 13, 2009 between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sentinel offices located at 3800 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90008. Community partners include: the Brotherhood Crusade, Mothers in Action, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, the Urban League of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Panhellenic Council, and the Los Angeles Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. To set up an appointment or for more information, please call (323) 299-3800 or email savealife@lasentinel.net.

Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disease in African-Americans, affecting about one in 400 newborns. Patients with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain an abnormal type of hemoglobin that causes the normally round, flexible red blood cells to become stiff and sickle- or crescent-shaped. The sickle cells can’t pass through tiny blood vessels, which can prevent blood from reaching some tissues and can result in tissue and organ damage, pain and stroke.

Although African-Americans make up 13.5 percent of the population, they make up only 6.5 percent of the total blood-donor pool.

What You Need to Know Before Donating

WHEN
Friday, March 13th
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE
LA Sentinel Newspaper
3800 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

RSVP by: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
savealife@lasentinel.net
Call: (323) 299-3800

Before You Donate

  1. The day before donation drink extra fluids
  2. Eat a healthy meal at least 4 hours before donating
  3. Do not fast
  4. Bring I.D. with you (must have valid picture I.D.)

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