The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give at the Omega Psi Phi blood drive Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Portillo's Parking Lot, 2102 E Fowler Blvd Tampa, Fl 33612(University Mall). The blood drive also honors the legacy of Dr. Charles Drew who was a member of Omega Psi Phi.
Dr. Drew, known as the “father of the blood bank,” was a surgeon, educator, scientist and the first African-American blood specialist who helped shape the blood services industry. In the 1940s, he laid the groundwork for today’s modern blood donation program through his innovative work in blood banking. The Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Drew who became the first Red Cross medical director in 1941.
Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Patients are less likely to experience complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.