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The Black Heritage Council of Marion County, the Peace and Freedom Committee, The Marion Minority Commission and the Marion Family YMCA are partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on June 19th!
Please help us fill all the available slots!
“Blood donors who are Black play a critical role in helping people with sickle cell disease, the most common genetic blood disease in the U.S. Patients with the disease may rely on regular blood transfusions throughout their lives to help prevent sickle cell complications, such as organ and tissue damage, severe pain, and strokes. It is essential that the blood they receive be the most compatible match possible, which generally comes from someone of the same race or similar ethnicity. Today, there aren’t enough blood donors to help meet this urgent need. African American individuals make up 13% of the U.S. population, but less than 3% of blood donors. By donating blood, you may make a difference in the lives of patients with sickle cell disease as well as moms with complicated childbirths, people fighting cancer, accident or trauma victims being raced to emergency rooms, and more. Your single blood donation may even help save more than one life!”
*Amazon is thanking donors June 14-30 with a $5 Gift Card by email.*

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