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World Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Day

Therese suffers from sickle cell disease. Blood donors have kept her alive since she was diagnosed as child, and she continues to need blood when she has a sickle cell crisis.

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Sickle cell disease is a global health problem affecting millions of people, and in the US, mostly African-Americans. Each year, approximately 1,000 babies in the U.S. are born with sickle cell disease and it is estimated that 100,000 Americans have the disease. There is no universal cure for this life-threatening disease, but there is treatment.

Only 1.7% of our population of donors are able to give blood to sickle cell patients. Donors who are African American are more likely to be to be the unique match to treat sickle cell patients. Help us increase the blood available for those battling sickle cell – sign up to give blood today!

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