AJ Green has performed for two U.S. presidents and shared the stage with Elton John, Bill Cosby and Jennifer Hudson. The talented teenager now has a new mission – helping Remington College with a national effort to increase the number of minority blood donors.
Green, 18, knows all about the need for minority blood donors. He has sickle cell disease and his treatment has included ten blood transfusions.
“It is extremely important that people donate blood and keep our blood banks stocked,” said Green. “Having had so many transfusions myself, I am grateful that people donate blood.”
Like Green, many sickle cell patients require frequent blood transfusions – and it’s best for them to receive blood that closely matches their own. According to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, African American donors provide blood with unique antigens that is vital for people battling sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases.
Green wants to share his personal story and his music to inspire others.
“I encourage everyone who can to give blood,” he said. “You never know when you or a loved one will need a blood transfusion because of a life-threatening medical situation.”
Green will perform at several Remington College blood drives and personally thank blood donors, as well as raise awareness through public service announcements.
Remington College has partnered with America’s Blood Centers and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America for a series of blood drives on every Remington College campus. The program is called 3 Lives because three lives may be saved for every one pint of blood donated. The blood drives focus on the need for minority donors – especially African Americans.
“We’re proud to have AJ as part of our 3 Lives team,” said Jack Forrest, Remington College President and CEO. “We collected more than 2,600 pints of blood last year, and we think AJ will help us in goal of beating that number and saving even more lives this year.”