Local fraternity takes on CMPD to help good cause

Local fraternity takes on CMPD to help good cause


by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 6:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It’s a challenge between a fraternity and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  Who will give the most blood?

On Saturday, the Pi Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will hold its Twelfth Annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive.  And, although it's a friendly competition, everyone will win.

"It's like pounding, but it's sharp,” said Nicholas Hampton, a Sickle Cell patient.

Hampton is 16.  He’s lived with the painful, life threatening blood disorder his entire life.  Sickle Cell is a genetic condition. 

"Being in a Sickle Cell crisis is a life altering. When you’re in a crisis, it takes weeks to come back,” said Hampton’s mom, Nikki Johnson.

Only a blood transfusion can help people when they are in a serious sickle cell crisis. Hampton is 16;  he's had 20 blood transfusions.

"It helps me live every day and stay out of the hospital, stay in school, play basketball and be a normal kid,” he said of those life saving transfusions.

On Saturday, June 29, strangers who have never met Hampton will do what they can to help him and others in need of blood.

"It makes me feel great that we've contributed. Hopefully we'll save someone's life.  That's a big deal,” said Torre Jessup, Omega Psi Phi fraternity member.

For more than a decade, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Pi Phi Chapter, has held the largest African American blood drive in the Carolinas.

"Thank you for doing this because it helps not only me, but it helps a lot of other people also,” said Hampton.

If you’re interested in attending the Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive, it will be held at the fraternity on 3301 Statesville Avenue, Saturday June 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s is open to anyone who would like to give blood.

For more information or to register early, go to www.carolinadonor.org.

Click on Donate Blood or Platelets.  Enter Omegas in the sponsor code box, then click search.  You can then chose Pi Phi Blood Drive and choose and appointment time.