American Red Cross to hold 11th annual Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive June 26

June 23, 2010

The 11th annual American Red Cross Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 at the following locations:

The Omega Center                      Cahokia Area YMCA

3900 Goodfellow Blvd                 509 Camp Jackson Road

St. Louis, MO 63120                    Cahokia, IL 62206


Everyone who attempts to donate at the June 26 drives will be entered into hourly drawings for special prizes including St. Louis Cardinals tickets, St. Louis Rams tickets and Pasta House gift certificates.

The Charles Drew Community Blood Donation Campaign is designed to spread the word about donating blood in the African-American community. The program matches patients with sickle cell disease to designated blood donors. Sickle cell disease is prevalent in the African-American community, and the best match for these patients is most often found in a donor with the same ethnic background. Once a match is found, the donor has the unique opportunity to help the patient manage the disease over time by donating blood two to four times per year.

Many do not know that sickle cell disease can cause strokes in children at very young ages.  Approximately 20 percent of children with sickle cell disease will experience at least one stroke by the time they are 12 years old. The primary treatment for these children is intensive blood transfusion therapy. Through this therapy, they receive blood transfusions every three to four weeks to decrease their risk of experiencing additional strokes.


The American Red Cross, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and University Hospital in Columbia, continues to encourage the African-American community to give blood through this campaign. FOXY 95.5 and HOT 104.1 are the radio sponsors for the June 26 drives.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit