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“Why is it important for the African-American community to get involved in blood donations”, you may ask. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SCD occurs in 1 out of every 500 Black/African American births.
The sickle cell trait, the genetic marker that may lead to SCD, is even more common to Black/African-American births, occurring in 1 out of every 12 (8.3% of the Black/African-American population).
Friday, June 20th, 2014 @ PM The Brothers of Chi Omicron Chapter and Epsilon Iota Iota Chapter in conjunction with the American Red Cross and The Edge Fitness hosted a blood drive on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 aimed at increasing awareness of the need for blood donors overall, and specifically in the African American community.
Transfusions of blood and other blood products occur by the millions each year in emergency situations, and in the on-going treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD), cancer, and other blood disorders.After weeks of telling me that it was just a rock, my parents took me to the Detroit Science Museum, where I learned that dinosaur fossils are absent from our area.While I was disappointed to discover that my “fossil” was just a rock, this experience helped me to realize what I wanted to be when I grew up — a scientist.My father decided that I needed a role model that I could look up to, so he started telling me stories about George Washington Carver and his work involving soybeans and peanuts.One day I asked him to tell me about other black scientists.read more "The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for, not failure, but low aim, is sin." - Benjamin E.Graduating 25% of students, Charles Drew University alumni go on to earn a starting salary of ,100.This university advertises itself as a private university with a public mission, dedicated to improving the health disparities faced by under-served communities.They made me feel at home and made me feel that I can truly do my best and fulfill by dream of having a career in forensics.Their devotion to helping undeserved communities by providing resources to teach and train more students in the healthcare sector is something that is important to me as someone who has had many health issues.