Help sickle cell patients by donating blood June 19

June 11, 2010

The American Red Cross will hold its 11th annual Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at Swope Health Services at 3801 Blue Parkway in Kansas City.


The Charles Drew Community Blood Donation Campaign is designed to spread the word about donating blood to the African-American community. The program matches patients with sickle cell disease to designated blood donors from the African-American community.


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.


The sponsoring organization for the drive is Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Carter Family Broadcasting Group is the media sponsor.


To schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit