Héma-Québec aims to boost its blood donations from the black community with a Black History Month blood drive on Saturday in Little Burgundy.
Despite an increase in donations over the past few years, Héma-Québec says work still needs to be done to bolster donations from minority groups.
“Sickle-cell anemia has caused me many complications here and there in my life,” Delano George, 40, told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak Thursday while he discussed the upcoming blood drive.
“I had a situation where I was looking for blood myself and was having trouble.”
George added that his blood transfusions didn’t need to come from the black community but that it enhanced his chances of finding a match.
Individuals with sickle-cell anemia may need numerous transfusions at regular intervals.