Local Blood Drive to Honor Dr. Charles Drew

February 7, 2012

On February 18, Louisville Urban League will honor Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American blood specialist, surgeon, educator and scientist by hosting a blood drive in his memory.  In 1941, Dr. Drew became the first medical director of the first American Red Cross blood bank. 

Dr. Drew was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Local fraternity members of the Theta Omega chapter are instrumental in supporting the annual Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive and honoring his legacy by promoting good health practices and partnering with the Red Cross.

6th Annual Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive

Saturday, February 18, 2012

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

American Red Cross Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center

520 E Chestnut Street

Louisville, Ky. 40202

Omega Psi Phi fraternity member Patrick Williams knows the importance of blood donation firsthand.  Last spring, Williams was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a blood clotting disorder that can lead to excessive bruising and bleeding. Williams spent a total of 10 days in the hospital and received numerous blood transfusions.

“While I was in the hospital, I wondered what I would do without blood products. What if they ran out? How would I survive? Because of countless donors, I’m here today. I’m sorry that I waited for it to hit home to realize the importance of blood donation,” said Williams.

Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. Williams is hoping community members will support the Red Cross to help ensure every patient has the blood products he or she needs, no matter when or where they are needed.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.