Blood that closely matches a patient’s is less likely to be rejected by the patient and can mean fewer complications after a transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. Genetically similar blood is superior for people who need repeated blood transfusions, for conditions like sickle cell anemia. Unfortunately Nationally, African Americans are underrepresented in community blood donation programs, according to a study conducted in 2009 by the Archives of Pathology & Medicine Online.
St. Ann’s Bucyrus Activity Director Wanda Gray wants to start changing the present statistical documentation. The St. Ann’s Center is located at 2450 W. North Ave. Before the Blood Center will assign a date to hold a blood drive, the organization requires a minimum of 30 volunteers signed up ahead of time. In order to “sweeten the sting,” St. Ann’s will offer a variety of refreshments and finger foods provided by St. Ann’s head chef Dana.
Ms. Gray said she is hopeful that Milwaukee residents will help St. Ann’s begin to improve the present level of blood donation by African Americans. For additional questions contact Gray at email@example.com.