We also have social, civic, and professional organizations, companies, and high schools competing to save lives by:
Donating blood to Life South Community Blood Centers. We will have a few blood buses present for the public to give blood, but anyone can give blood on behalf of the organization or high school they would like to win.
Registering people for the national bone marrow registry, known as Be The Match. Volunteers from First United Community Foundation will register people. Again, people will inform the volunteers which organization or high school they represent in the competition.
Raising funds that will be tax deductible for individual, organizations, and corporate donations. These donations will aid First United Community Foundation to continue to educating and making the public more aware of sickle cell disease, assist in future blood drives to encourage African Americans to become donors for life, and increasing the percentage of African Americans on the national bone marrow registry.
This will be a day of free family fun as we celebrate the lives of those living with sickle cell disease. However, we hope to increase the percentage of African Americans on the bone marrow registry and create blood donors for life. So we are encouraging families to come out and pack a picnic, have fun, celebrate, and help save lives. There will be a children’s village dedicated to creating art that teaches about sickle cell disease, red blood cells, blood, and bone marrow. Those living with sickle cell disease will release red balloons symbolizing thankfulness for another year of life.
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