PROVIDENCE- September is “National Sickle Cell Awareness Month”.
The Prince Hall Masons of Rhode Island want to help focus Rhode Island's
Federal and local lawmakers on the need for research and treatment of sickle
cell disease, an inherited condition that currently affects 70,000 -100,000
WHO: Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Rhode Island
Jen St. Peter, Rhode Island Blood Center - Be The Match
Eskridge, Chaplin, Rhode Island
WHAT: The Prince Hall Masons of Rhode Island are forging a
partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center - Be the Match Program and
Sickle Cell Advocates in the Ocean State to increase awareness for the need of
research, treatment options, and access to care for patients with this serious
Prince Hall Masons are
meeting with Rhode Island Blood Center - Be the Match Coordinator, Jen St.
Peter and Rhode Island Hospital Chaplin and Sickle Cell Awareness Advocate,
WHEN: Monday, September 17, 7p.m.
WHERE: Prince Hall Masonic Temple - Providence
WHY: "We want to build a coalition of advocates to
bring awareness to sickle cell which is effecting people in our community,
family and neighbors. A partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center will
allow us to hopefully educate the community in regards of what sickle cell
is," explains Rhode Island Masons Grand Master, Prince Reid, Jr.
The Prince Hall Masonic Temple is
part of an international Brotherhood that is amongst the oldest of fraternities
still in existence. Composed predominantly of African- Americans, Prince
Hall Freemasons is a branch was founded in September 29, 1784 in Boston
Massachusetts. The Providence, Rhode Island chapter is the second oldest
chapter of the Prince Hall Masons. The Chapter holds several events during the
year. They will host a Voter Registration event at their Eddy Street Lodge with
several community groups including the NAACP Providence Branch and local
Sororities and Fraternities.