Blood drive aims to help those with sickle cell disease

About 100,000 people in the U.S. are living with sickle cell disease.

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 8:17 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 10:53 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- An American Red Cross blood drive today, hosted by state Sen. James Manning Jr., aims to increase blood donations for those with sickle cell disease.

According to the American Red Cross, African American blood donors are critically needed to help patients battling sickle cell disease amid the coronavirus outbreak. About 100,000 people in the U.S. are living with sickle cell disease – the most common inherited blood disorder in the country. Since the pandemic began, the number of African Americans donating blood to the Red Cross has dropped significantly, but the need has not.

The drive will be held Aug. 7 at Venue 252, 252 Lawrence Street, from noon to 5 p.m. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. The space is donated by Market of Choice. 

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in and face masks or coverings are required.

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