The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.
Sickle cell is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 Americans. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.
Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.
For information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- Sept. 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas in Edwardsville
- Sept. 8 from 3-7 p.m. at Alhambra Township, Fireman and Legion Park in Alhambra
- Sept. 12 from 3-7 p.m. at Greater Alton Church, 506 E. Airline Drive in Rosewood Heights
- Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blu Fountain Manor, 1623 W. Delmar in Godfrey
- Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Worden Fire Department, 127 W. Wall St. in Worden
- Sept. 15 from 2-6 p.m. at Walgreens, 1650 Washington Ave. in Alton