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Alpha Phi Alpha Blood Drive for Sickle Cell Anemia

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The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, will hold their 19th Annual Blood Drive on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Franklin Primary Health Center located at 1303 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ave. The local chapter of the fraternity (Beta Omicron Lambda) has combined forces with the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, and Franklin Primary Health Centers, Incorporated, as the Sickle Cell community celebrates “September” as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

The community is asked to support the fraternity in order to make this another successful blood drive, said Coleridge T. Franklin, J. M.D., who is spearheading the blood drive this year. “Our goal is 50 pints of blood and we know that we can accomplish this goal with the help of the community,” said Dr. Franklin. This special effort is necessary because of the dire need for blood across the country as well as the Mobile area, he said. 

Donors can make a blood donation one week in advance and one week following the drive. In doing so, they are asked to mention Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. 

Donors ages 17 and above may give blood. Sixteen-year-olds may do so with parental consent. Donors may also schedule appointments online at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. 

Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Drives, such as this one, help millions of patients in more than 2,600 hospitals around the country, said Marcus Coleman, American Red Cross Recruitment and Development. He said it takes only about an hour to give blood, and each blood donation can help save up to three lives. Coleman said 80 percent of blood donations are given at blood drives hosted by sponsoring organizations like the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. “We want to continue that trend,” he said. 
 

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