Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter Of AAPI In Partnership With Red Cross Plans 2nd Blood Drive

The NORTHEASTERN Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in partnership with the local Red Cross has planned to organize its 2nd Community Blood Donation Drive at the Training Room, 256 North Sherman Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Dipti Pancholy Founding President NEPA-AAPI, said, “After the first ever Blood Drive held in Dember last year, we are excited to organize our 2nd Blood Drive in fulfilling our mission, which is to improve quality, access and delivery of health care by creating an environment of professionalism, and rewarding service as well as merit in Northeastern PA and globally.”  Excited about the very positive and encouraging support from the community for the 1st ever Blood Drive, Dr. Pancholi had said, “We plan to conduct future blood drives in the 11 counties that north eastern Pennsylvania.”

Dr. Pancholi praised the efforts and contributions of her Team members, who are working towards the success of the Blood Drive by meticulously planning the event on Sep 26th, including, Dr. Kishori Veerabhadrappa, a Hematologist by profession and the Coordinator of Blood Drive for NEPA-AAPI; Dr.  Sanketkumar Dalwadi, Chairperson of Community Service Committee; Dr. Sandhya Desai, Secretary NEPA AAPI; Ms. Judy McGovern, Red Cross Volunteer; and, Ms. Heidi Deleo Lackawanna, County Red Cross Director for their generous support in helping organize the highly successful event.

“I am looking forward to the dozens of local AAPI Chapters, and the newly formed NEPA AAPI Chapter  for initiating and organizing the Blood Donation Drives and Stem Cell Registration across the nation, in honor of the Fallen Heroes of Covid-19, and as India is celebrating 75 years of our Independence, AAPI has taken  this initiative to do National AAPI Blood Donation Drives in 75 cities,” said Dr. Ravi Kolli, President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI,) the largest ethnic organization in the United States.

“Well done, Dr.  Dipti Pancholi and NEPA AAPI team. So glad you all are an integral part of our AAPI team. AAPI has launched 75 city blood donation drive. It only takes 15 minutes of one’s time and each pint of blood can save 3 lives. So let us all be the heroes and life savers. We all are one humanity and one family, Vasudhaiva Kutubakam,” said Dr. Ravi Kolli added.

Each blood component of whole blood transfusion can help up to three different people. Pointing to the fact that Blood cannot be manufactured despite medical and technological advances. The only way we can give blood to those who need it is through donation. It doesn’t cost us anything to donate but your donation saves lives. Blood is needed every two seconds, said Dr. Meher Medavaram, Chair of the national blood donation drive.

NEPA-AAPI is a newly formed, nonprofit association of physicians and dentists in the 11 counties of northeastern Pennsylvania and a chapter of the American Association of Physician of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic physician organization in the United States

To join the Blood DSrive and Donate Life saving Blood to people who need, please Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: NEPA APIO to schedule an appointment.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history
questions on the day of your appointment. You may download the Blood Donor App today. Get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to a hospital.

“We are grateful to Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (NEPA AAPI) for participating in a national initiative of AAPI that has initiated and organized Blood Donation Drives across the United States, in honor of Fallen Heroes of Covid-19,” said Dr. Pancholy. For more details on AAPI, please visit: www.aapiusa,org

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