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San Diego Black Nurses Association Launches February Virtual Blood Drive in Honor of Black History Month

To honor Black History Month, San Diego Black Nurses Association is supporting our community with a call for blood donations in February. Blood from a donor of a similar ethnic background is more likely to match the patient in need of a transfusion. A diverse donor pool helps to ensure that all patients can receive a lifesaving treatment. All blood types are currently needed. Please join us in saving lives and sharing the love this month.

Selina (above - left) has sickle cell anemia and requires regular blood transfusions to stay healthy. Her life is made possible by generous blood donors like Evan (above - right).

WHAT: San Diego Black Nurses Association Virtual Blood Drive

WHEN: February 1-28, 2021

WHERE: Any SDBB Location or Blood Drive

HOW: Find a location by zip code. Schedule your appointment today! When you register to donate, use code: SBNA

Notable Black Americans in History

Dr. Charles Drew - Inventor of blood banks and bloodmobiles. Read Blog.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams - Credited with the first successful open-heart surgery and founder of Provident Hospital in 1891 which also provided a training residency for doctors and training school for nurses in Chicago. His achievements and work greatly benefited the black community and increased accessibility to health care in Chicago. Learn more.

Henrietta Lacks - She donated her cells which became known as the "first immortal human cell line" known as “HeLa” — a remarkably durable and prolific line of cells obtained during the treatment of Henrietta’s cancer by Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. George Gey in 1951. Her cells were used to determine new treatments for cancer, impacting the future of medicine. Learn more.