Remington College holds blood drive to benefit minorities

Remington College holds blood drive to benefit minorities

POSTED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 12:55pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 2:03pm

 Blood - it may all be red, but it's definitely not all the same.

That's why Remington College - Baton Rouge Campus is continuing its series of blood drives to recruit more minority blood donors to benefit local residents who need specific types of blood as part of their treatment for sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.

The next blood drive will be held on Tuesday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Remington College has partnered with America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) for a series of blood drives on all its campuses. The effort is called 3 Lives because three lives may be saved for every one pint of blood donated.

Remington College recently received ABC's National Partner of the Year Award for helping to raise awareness of the need for blood donors and has collected more than 1,400 pints of blood in 2011.

Singer AJ Green, spokesperson for the 3 Lives campaign, is an example of someone who requires a specific type of blood. Green, 19, has sickle cell disease and has received 17 blood transfusions as part of his treatment.

While the focus is on recruiting minority donors, everyone is encouraged to attend the drive and donate blood. All the blood collected will be used to help people in the Baton Rouge area.

Remington College - Baton Rouge is located at 10551 Coursey Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

For more information, call 1-800-448-6405 or click here.

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