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Blood Center Pushes for More African American Donations

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Charlotte, NC -  Numbers notoriously drop during the summer months for blood donations as families take vacations and enjoy the warmer weather. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is looking to ramp those up, but particularly for the African American community.

 Tuesday, the center is partnering with Carolinas HealthCare to put on a private event to spread the word about the growing need. "This is a great opportunity for us to bring together African American leaders from business, from community, from religious organizations all to talk about the importance of blood donation and sickle cell disease," explained Adam Eberhart, community develop coordinator for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. He said while more than 80,000 people in the United States suffer from the disease, 98% are African Americans.                                                                                                                                                                                              

"Some sickle cell patients can receive weekly and monthly blood transfusions and that blood needs to come from African American donors that can be matched closer genetically, so that the treatment can be most successful," explained Eberhart.

Carolina Panthers player, Roman Harper has been an avid donor for the center. He said it grew up giving blood with his dad, and has continued the trend, only recently learning how much of an impact it can have on patients. Harper said,"at the end of the day, it's saving lives and why not try to reach out and help each other. It goes a lot further than you really think."

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