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Give blood during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September – National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease which affects 70, 000 people in the United States, most of them of African descent, but also people of Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Turkish descent.

Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. One of the most common treatments for sickle cell disease is regular blood transfusions, which can help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs that can lead to severe infections, and other complications. There is currently no cure for sickle cell disease.

It’s important that blood donors reflect the ethnic diversity of the patients who receive their blood. Patients with sickle cell disease – primarily in the African-American community – are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone within their racial and ethnic group. The Red Cross is committed to maintaining a diverse base of blood donors to help ensure that all blood types are available for patients with serious medical needs.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

Blood donation opportunities:


•9/20/2012, 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Chatfield High School, 205 Union Street, Chatfield

•9/25/2012, 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Community Center, 225 Third Ave SW, Harmony

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