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Johns Hopkins Bayview hosts urgent needs blood drive

Sickle Cell patients among those in need of blood

9/6/2013, 6 a.m.

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder that causes anemia, lung and tissue damage, strokes and terrible pain. It is estimated that over 80,000 Americans have Sickle Cell Disease. Ninety percent of all Sickle Cell Disease patients in the United States occur in people of African descent.

Although there is no cure, Sickle Cell Disease can be managed through blood transfusions. Children with Sickle Cell Disease often receive blood transfusions on an ongoing basis, making it more important for them to receive the best match for their bodies.

Ensure there is an adequate blood supply for Sickle Cell patients in our region by participating in Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s blood drive, scheduled for September 10 and September 23-25, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

When you come in to donate, identify yourself as African American or black, and ask the Red Cross staff to place a blue tag on your blood donation. This identifies your donation as part of the Sickle Cell Donor Program and guarantees that your donated blood will help a Sickle Cell patient in need.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-550-0289. Every participant will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the Medical Center. More important, participants will take pride in knowing they saved up to three lives!