Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Women of Color Cancer Networking Group to Host Blood Drive; Legislator Lightfoot Will Donate Blood in Show of Support

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Rochester, New York – October 18, 2013.  The Women of Color Cancer Networking Group is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rochester Blood Donation Center located at 50 Prince Street in Rochester. Legislator John Lightfoot (D-Rochester) will be in attendance to donate blood to lend his support.

Legislator Lightfoot said, “The need for blood is constant and the blood supply must be regularly replenished, which is why donating blood is always important.  However, this is especially true in the African-American population because we have some rare blood types that are unique to our community.  I applaud the Women of Color Cancer Networking Group and the Red Cross for their efforts to raise awareness of this issue and their hard work setting up this event.”

Members of the Women of Color Cancer Networking Group understand firsthand the importance of having a diverse blood supply as many of these women have needed blood transfusions in the past or have known someone who needed a transfusion. The Red Cross wants to remind all eligible donors how important it is that donors are as diverse as the patients who need their help. While African-Americans comprise nearly 13 percent of the United States population, they represent less than 1 percent of the blood donors.