Rep. Hakeem Encourages Black & Brown Communities To Donate On World Sickle Cell Day

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Incumbent District 28 Representative Yusuf Hakeem will host a blood drive on Tuesday, June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth and World Sickle Cell Day. 

The drive will be held at Carver Community Center, 600 N. Orchard Knob Ave. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Blood donors will receive free Chic-fil-A while it lasts.

As a regular donor who recently was recognized for donating ten gallons of blood over his lifetime, Rep. Hakeem will partner with Blood Assurance and the Nicholas Foundation to encourage black and brown Chattanoogans to donate blood. 

"World Sickle Cell Day is always held on June 19 to highlight the critical shortage of blood donations from the black community, which could have a significant impact on the health community’s ability to treat Sickle Cell Disease," officials said.

Rep.
Hakeem will kick off the blood drive with a news conference at 10:30 a.m. to share his legislative accomplishments from the 113th General Assembly, including a new law requiring defibrillators in every high school in Tennessee.
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