Pandora — Monday, September 27th, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to donate blood at Pandora Gilboa High School at Pandora’s Rocket Ridge 410.
The Red Cross Initiative aims to increase blood availability in patients with sickle cell disease.
Blood transfusions from black donors may give the best results for the patient
Indianapolis, Indiana (September 14, 2021) — Blood transfusions can make a life-saving difference when a patient with sickle cell disease faces sickle cell disease. As a result, the American Red Cross has launched an initiative to increase the number of black blood donors to help patients with sickle cell disease, a persistent and often invisible health inequalities in the United States.
More than 100,000 people in the United States have sickle cell disease, the most common hereditary blood disorder, and the majority of patients are of African descent. Despite the discovery of the disease over a century ago, fewer health resources are now available to help people suffering from sickle cell disease compared to similar diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with sickle cell disease experience worse health than comparable illnesses.
A closer blood match leads to better results
Many patients with sickle cell disease require regular blood transfusions to help manage the disease. Unfortunately, these patients can develop an immune response to blood from donors that does not exactly match their patients. Many individuals who are black have clear markers on their red blood cells that make their donations ideal to help patients with sickle cell disease. More than half of black blood donors have blood that does not contain C, E, or K antigens, making it ideal for people with sickle cell disease.
The Red Cross invites members of the black community to participate in helping to address this health inequalities and meet the needs of patients with sickle cell disease. Blood donors can take action today by scheduling a blood donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the blood donation app, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. To address the blood needs of September – Sickle Cell Recognition Month – All donors who come to the Red Cross from September 13th to 30th will receive a limited edition soccer-themed T-shirt.
Sickle cell disease can distort soft, round blood cells, turn them into a hard, crescent-shaped, and cause extreme pain. When hardened, cells can get caught in blood vessels, causing a stroke or organ failure.
“Blood transfusions provide healthy blood cells, clear blood vessels and provide oxygen,” said Chad Priest, CEO of the American Red Cross in Indiana. “The Red Cross increases the amount of closely matched blood products to make the right blood products available to patients facing sickle cell disease at the right time, rarely fighting sickle cell disease. You can minimize the complications of blood group patients. “
All blood transfusions are important
Born in Fort Wayne, Joshua Junk was born with sickle cell anemia. At the young age of five, Josh suffered several minor strokes. Without a monthly blood transfusion routine, additional strokes would lead to disability and death in people with sickle cell disease.
From the age of 5 to 19, Josh received more than 400 units of blood from people who were willing to make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood. Thanks to his generous donors, Josh has lived a stroke-free life, enjoyed his childhood, and lived a life free of pain and other sickle cell complications. Josh and his family hosted a Red Cross blood donation in July to raise awareness of the importance of blood donations to those fighting sickle cell anemia.
“Josh has paused, visited a blood drive, and enjoyed the quality of life made possible by the dedication and generosity of others who were willing to give gifts of life. Nothing beats this. “Joshua’s mother, Brenda Yank, said.
Community partners provide support
Partnerships with national and local organizations within the Black Community are essential to building trust, sharing information, working together to engage new donors and save lives. Nationally, the Red Cross is NAACP, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. We are excited to announce new partnerships with prominent organizations such as, raise awareness of sickle cell disease as a persistent and tragic health inequalities, and help patients with sickle cell disease. Encourage blood donations from black individuals.
Locally, Indiana, the American Red Cross in Indiana, has partnered with 100 black men in Indianapolis to amplify the message of the need for a more diverse blood donor.
Blood donation is planned at Pandora
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