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Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the David Gantt Community Center at 700 North Street in Rochester. This blood drive is also being sponsored in part by the Rochester Area Black Political Caucus, Bridges to Wellness, the African-American Health Coalition, the City Department of Recreation and Youth Services and WDKX.
With September being Sickle Cell Awareness Month, it is the perfect time to support your community by donating blood. Sickle Cell Disease is the most common genetic blood disorder affecting more than 70,000 Americans. Blood transfusions are an important part of the treatment, healing and recovery for diseases prevalent in the African American community including lupus, diabetes, prostate cancer and Sickle Cell Disease. To best meet the needs of all patients, it is vitally important that the community blood supply reflect diversity of the U.S. population. Five percent of the total eligible U.S. population gives blood and only approximately 1% of the African American Community donates blood.
Donating blood is a profound act that helps save lives. Your blood donation can help save up to three lives and only takes about an hour of your time. It is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow and that is why your blood donation through the American Red Cross is so important. All eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now! If you donated blood earlier in the summer, you may be eligible now to donate again.
For more information, or to make an appointment for this blood drive, call (585) 428-6684, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org