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Blood Saves Lives: Helping People with Sickle Cell Disease

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You can help people living with Sickle Cell disease by making a financial gift that supports in-depth testing, typing, and matching of blood for transfusion to children and adults living with the disease. Sickle Cell is the most common genetic disease in the U.S., affecting 100,000 people—primarily African-Americans, at a disproportionate rate. Although there is not a readily available cure, frequent blood transfusions help prevent or reduce complications including, leg ulcers, organ and tissue damage, bone pain, and even stroke, caused by the disease. 

The American Red Cross is passionate about ensuring everyone receives the type of blood they need, when and where it is needed; and we do so on a remarkable scale, delivering about 40% of the nation’s supply—more than any other blood bank in the country.