Minority Donor Awareness Day Aug. 2

‘Unity for Life—Donor Fair’ will be held at Auburn Street Gray’s IGA

Rock River Valley Blood Center, National Marrow Donor Program, Illinois Eye Bank, SOS Life Goes On and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network’s African-American Task Force (AATF) Rockford Chapter will host “Unity for Life—Donor Fair” to celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Day on Monday, Aug. 2.

The fair will be at Gray’s IGA grocery store from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at 3214 Auburn St. Activities include a blood drive, bone marrow registration for the National Marrow Donor Program, children’s activities and musical entertainment.

National Minority Donor Awareness Day was established in 1996 as an intensive awareness campaign reaching out to all ethnic groups. It focuses on donation misconceptions and issues specific to minorities. The objective is to promote healthy living and to increase awareness among the communities about donation. Additionally, the national observance increases awareness of the conditions that are affected by donation, transplant and transfusion that occur with greater frequency in minority populations.

The African-American Task Force—Rockford works to empower African-Americans to save lives through organ, tissue, blood, bone marrow and cornea donation. Its members include transplant recipients, donors, donor family members and advocates working together to educate other African-Americans about the critical need for donation in their communities.

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