Most of us were taught in school that every human being, no matter what racial or ethnic background, have three blood types A, B or O. However those of us of African descent carry an antigen within our blood that is critical to helping others of African descent in recovery when blood transfusions are necessary.
Because of this fact, and because blood donations from African Americans and others of African descent are at a critical low, the Los Angeles Sentinel, Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital are launching a blood drive at the Los Angeles Sentinel offices on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 10am – 2pm. Sabriya’s Castle and the Los Angeles Sentinel have partnered with a number of community organizations including the Men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Regalettes and the Brotherhood Crusade to recruit community conscious individuals to assist in recruiting blood donors for this worthy cause.
Patients with Sickle cell disease, require blood that comes from donors that do not have C, E, and K red cell proteins. If a donor does not have these proteins on their red blood cells, their blood is reserved for transfusions for patients with sickle cell disease. Fifty-five percent of African Americans are CEK-negative, compared to less than 1% of the general population.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles designates special blood donors who are a match for a sickle cell patient as “donor buddies.” These donors are extremely important to the sickle cell disease program.
Organizations and individuals interested in supporting this worthy cause should contact Pamela Bakewell at Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation here at The Sentinel Offices at (323) 299-3800, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up at the Sentinel offices at 3800 Crenshaw Boulevard on Saturday, March 16th between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Thank you.