If you’re looking to make a difference in the lives of sickle cell patients across the country, one of the easiest ways is to donate blood. Blood transfusions are one of the most critical treatments for sickle cell patients, but less than 10% of Americans donate blood. Giving blood is a small action that makes a huge impact, especially for people living with sickle cell disease. Donating blood takes one hour, and you could save someone’s life.
There is an especially great need for donors of diverse backgrounds. Sickle cell patients benefit most from blood transfusions from people of the same race or similar ethnicity, but only five percent of blood donors are of African ancestry. A successful blood transfusion can mean the difference between severe pain and relief for a sickle cell patient, and could help patients avoid life-threatening complications. When you donate and diversify the blood supply, you’re making a direct impact on the lives of sickle cell patients.
Visit the links below to learn how to host a blood drive for sickle cell patients, find a blood drive or locate the closest donation center:
- Host a blood drive with the American Red Cross.
- Find an American Red Cross blood drive.
- Find a blood center near you with America’s Blood Centers.