Black Fraternities Spread Awareness on Diverse Donors by Hosting Blood Drive at Eastland Mall in Bloomington

The Chi Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Nu Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; & Epsilon Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hosted a blood drive on May 12, 2021 at the Eastland Mall in Bloomington, Illinois.

The blood drive partnership was to raise awareness about the importance of a diverse blood supply, for patients in need battling illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell disease.

Around 100,000 people in the United States have sickle cell disease. Most are of African descent. The disease causes red blood cells to harden and form a C-shape (like a sickle). When hardened, the cells can get caught in blood vessels and cause serious complications for patients. These complications can include severe pain, respiratory conditions, organ failure, and even stroke.

There is no widely used cure for sickle cell disease. However, the Red Cross supports one of the most critical sickle cell treatments of all – blood transfusions. For many patients, a close blood type match is essential and is found in donors of the same race or similar ethnicity.

The blood drive collected 37 lifesaving donations with seven first time donors.

“It feels great to surpass the goal and be able to have a positive impact on others and the community,” James Love, a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, said. “I cannot wait to continue on helping with more drives in the future.”

If you are healthy and feeling well, please visit redcrossblood.org schedule an appointment to schedule and appointment to donate at a blood drive near you.

Written by Communications Manager Drew Brown

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