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AMERICAN RED CROSS DIVERSITY ADVISORY BOARD ELECTS EXECUTIVE CABINET

South Carolina Blood Services Region

October 30, 2009
 
South Carolina Blood Services Region
2751 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2009
CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, (803) 251-6034
 
 
AMERICAN RED CROSS DIVERSITY ADVISORY BOARD ELECTS EXECUTIVE CABINET 
 
Columbia, S.C. – Members of the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region Diversity Advisory Board recently elected their inaugural executive cabinet members: Debra Wade Green, board chair; Kris Zahm, vice chair; Alveada Pearson, treasurer; and Shaundra Rogers, secretary.
 
The role of the DAB executive cabinet members is to provide leadership to other board members by offering advice and recommendations on diversity program development, implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.
 
The South Carolina Blood Services Region Diversity Advisory Board was established in October 2008 to provide management advice about the diversity direction the American Red Cross should pursue. The DAB members assist the Red Cross in diversifying initiatives to ensure a broad and consistent approach for donor recruitment in all of the communities served by the organization.  
 
The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 54 hospitals and must have 500 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source. 
 
Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood.  That need for blood continues to grow each year far faster than the number of individuals who donate blood.  Currently only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate and only a fraction of those eligible actually do so.  In the South Carolina Blood Services Region, the Red Cross must collect 500 units of blood each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.  
 
There is no substitute for blood, and the only source is from volunteer donors.  Eligible blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.  Donors with type O (positive and negative), B negative and A negative blood should consider an automated red cell donation, a process in which only red cells are donated.    For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit givelife.org.
 
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