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Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Extends its COVID-19 Emergency Fundraiser

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America is extending its COVID-19 Emergency Fund Campaign to raise funds and deploy critical resources to nonprofits that serve sickle cell patients and their families through sicklecelldisease.org/covid-19. While we met our initial goal of $100,000 through the generosity of Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT), the need continues to increase.

“We are in uncharted waters with COVID-19, which is creating growing challenges for our sickle cell community. This is a time when our advocacy is most needed,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. “We must work together to support those most impacted in our communities.”

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder. It alters the flow of hemoglobin – the red blood cell molecule that delivers life-giving oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues – which can cause life-threatening multi-organ failure, debilitating pain, and even death.

 

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Apr 10, 2020
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Severe Blood Shortage Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. But please postpone your donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Mar 17, 2020