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Our Black Children Need Blood
Published February 19, 2009

Organizations join Sentinel for massive March 13-blood drive

Several community organizations and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles are joining forces with the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper to conduct a massive blood drive on March 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sentinel's offices at 3800 Crenshaw Blvd.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater L.A., the Brotherhood Crusade, Mothers In Action, the New Frontier Democratic Club and Kappa Alpha Psi have pledged their support to reach a goal of attracting 500 blood donors.

"In these difficult economic times people are not capable of making financial contributions, but this is a way of helping out our children without giving any money," said Sentinel Executive Editor and Vice President Danny J. Bakewell Jr.

One in 400 African Americans has sickle cell disease and Childrens Hospital treats over 100 patients with Sickle Cell disease that receive two to six units of blood each and every month.

Sickle cell children require blood that is a more exact match for different sub group types. If the blood these children receive is not closely matched, they can reject the transfusion, which could ultimately threaten their chances to live.

An estimated 55 percent of African Americans blood type is C, P, E or K negative, compared with just 22 percent of whites.

Donors of the same ethnic background will more closely match the recipient, and African American donors will more closely match African American children with sickle cell, according to the researchers.

Organizers are urging all organizations and villages to help save the life of children stricken with sickle cell by participating in the blood drive.


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