Music Brings Life is proud to be partners with the American Red Cross, Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Sesame Flyers International Inc. Together we strive to educate young people in the Black, Latino and Caribbean communities about the importance of donating blood.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Founded in 1881, its network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
- Disaster Relief
- Supporting America's Military Families
- Lifesaving Blood
- Health and Safety Services
- International Services
The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood collection organization. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply.
The Red Cross is also a leader in research and testing to protect the safety of the blood supply. It was among the first to develop and implement testing for many infectious diseases including, HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, West Nile virus, and more recently, the agent of Chagas disease.
At Music Brings Life's blood drives, all blood donations are collected by the Red Cross.
To learn more about the American Red Cross, click here.
Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network
Since 1992, the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network (SCTPN) has been providing education, advocacy, referral services, and support for individuals and families living with sickle cell disease, thalassemia (Cooley’s anemia), and other inherited blood disorders.
SCTPN's mission is to:
- improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other hemoglobin disorders through education, advocacy and support interactions.
- create a community where we can share our experiences as a collective to improve and impact the education an awareness of sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other hemoglobin disorders.
To learn more about Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network, click here.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
Eric Adams has spent the last 30 years serving the city he grew up in, improving and protecting the lives of New Yorkers as a police officer, legislator and builder of successful coalitions. Elected as Brooklyn Borough President in November 2013, he is utilizing that diverse experience to ensure a bright future for his beloved Brooklyn.
As a young officer in the NYC Transit Police Department and then NYPD, Eric was responsible for solving real world problems and made life-and-death decisions under the most difficult conditions. He must have been good at it since he was promoted to Captain. As a member of the police force he also found time to address local issues, co-founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care to improve the department’s community relations and raise funds for worthy neighborhood causes.
He retired from the NYPD in 2006 to represent Brooklyn in the State Senate, marshaling a diverse coalition in support of his candidacy. In the Senate, Eric quickly became a leader on good government, workers’ rights, quality of life and public safety issues. In particular, he effectively organized support against the NYPD’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy and on behalf of gun control.
Eric is a proud product of the New York City public school system, graduating from Bayside High School. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College and is a graduate of New York City Technical College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
To learn more about Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, click here.
SESAME FLYERS INTERNATIONAL INC.
For over a quarter-century, residents of Canarsie and East Flatbush in Brooklyn have relied on Sesame Flyers International for many year-round programs that preserve culture, tradition and values.
This year over 7,000 individuals will look to Sesame Flyers for some form of assistance. Whether it is tutoring young students, providing safe and nurturing spaces for children to play during the summer, organizing youth-led community service activities, job readiness programs, providing case management and counseling for families in crisis, giving adult learners access to GED programs and computer technology, or celebrating the rich traditions of Caribbean nations, there are very few aspects of community life that Sesame Flyers does not touch.
An 11-time winner of the Large Band category in the West Indian American Labor Day Parade, Sesame Flyers is extremely active and visible in the Caribbean community. Throughout previous years, the West Indian American Labor Day Parade has drawn over 3.5 million spectators. Also a source of pride is Sesame Flyers' participation in World Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Children's Museum exhibit featuring the many cultures of the borough, where visitors can visit the Sesame Flyers Mas camp and are invited to learn about the culture by trying on costumes.
To learn more about Sesame Flyers International, click here.