Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity's 2014 Blood Drive

On February 27th, 2014, the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (DKE) from the University of Toronto hosted a blood drive at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on College St. in Toronto, ON. The blood drive helped to raise awareness of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) and the Answering TTP Foundation. 

Mike Illiev, Jordan Sisco, Dan Gendelman, Jack Irish, Jordan Kamenetsky,
Kai Zhang, Khash Razavi & Oleg Oshchepkov (from left to right)

Though we had quite a few first time donors from the Fraternity, this was not the first blood drive held on behalf of the Foundation by the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. The Fraternity has been a dedicated supporter of the Foundation’s Partners for Life blood donation team since 2012, hosting at least one blood drive a year.  These efforts help ensure ensuring that there is more blood available to all those in need.

Dan Gendelman, Ryan Manraj, Jack Irish, Jordan Kamenetsky
 Khash Razavi (from left to right)
The blood drive ran from 12pm - 4pm, giving the Fraternity members the opportunity to stop in to the clinic between before or after classes. We were also lucky enough to have two volunteer TTP patients (Sydney and Chantel) come out to welcome the donors and share their stories of TTP and the need for blood donation.

Sydney & Chantel

A BIG thank you goes out to those who donated at the blood drive, and also to those who may not have been able to give blood themselves but still showed up to support the drive!

If you are interested in giving blood and/or hosting a blood drive in your local community, check out our Blood Donation Page for more information. Organizing a blood drive in your community can help to raise life-saving awareness for TTP and the need for blood donation!

Check out photos from the event in Our Photobook HERE. 

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