National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Check out the info below to learn more about sickle cell disease.
What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes abnormal blood flow from irregularly shaped red blood cells which carry oxygen. It can cause breathing issues and, more commonly, excruciating pain during a crisis that lasts a few minutes to a few weeks called sickle cell crisis. Finding donors whose blood types more precisely match that of a sickle cell patient is critical, and same-race blood donations have proven most successful.
With 1 in 500 African-American children born with sickle cell disease, it is the most common inherited disorder in the United States.
Check out the video below to see how two patients with sickle cell disease have received a better quality of life, thanks to blood donors!
Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
Use your power of influence to improve the life and health of someone in need. Please consider joining the thousands of individuals who have selflessly given the gift of life to friends, neighbors, coworkers, family members and strangers in need.
Once you’ve become a donor, get your community involved to increase African-American blood donations among your circle of influence.
Who can donate?
- Donors must be at least 15 years of age (teens 15 and 16 years old require a signed LifeStream parental consent form).
- Weigh at least 115 pounds.
- Be in generally good health.
- Must wear a face covering. For more info about our response to COVID-19, click here.
YOU can make a difference in the lives of so many just by helping others understand how important it is to donate blood. Learn about Charon Simmons and how sickle cell disease impacted his life.
Join the Be The Match Registry
Sometimes, a bone marrow transplant may be necessary to help patients with Sickle Cell Disease. The Be The Match registry is the connection between patients searching for a cure and life-saving bone marrow donors. Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a fully matched donor in their family. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 19-80%, depending on ethnic background. To join the registry, text CURE97 to 61474 or click here.
Giving Blood Is safe and easy
Are you ready to help save a life?
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, especially patients fighting for their lives. To discover future convalescent plasma donors, LifeStream is testing all successful blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Your blood donation is also tested for cholesterol levels and more than a dozen other infectious diseases.
Your well-being is our #1 priority! We require all donors and staff to wear masks/face coverings (please note that masks/face coverings with one-way valves to filter outside air are not sufficient) and submit to temperature checks and COVID-19 symptom checks before accessing donor waiting areas. LifeStream adheres to social distancing guidelines and has enhanced already strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols. To learn more about the steps we’re taking, click here.
To make an appointment, click below, call 800.879.4484 or download the LifeStream mobile app! Appointments are recommended, walk-ins are welcome.
Don’t forget to use ExpressPass to speed up your donation process.