What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects up to 100,000 Americans. You can help improve the lives of patients facing this disease.

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

It is one of the most commonly inherited blood disorders. In the United States, most people with SCD are African-American. In fact, about one in every 365 African-American children is born with SCD. There are also many people with the disease who come from Hispanic, Southern European, Middle Eastern, or Asian Indian backgrounds.

The syndrome can cause excruciating pain, anemia, severe fatigue, respiratory distress, stroke and eventually even organ failure. Treatments for SCD include medications, blood transfusions, and rarely a bone-marrow transplant.

Read Javon’s Story

You Can Help

You can help patients like Javon by donating blood on a regular basis. With each blood donation, you can impact up to three lives!

Managing sickle cell disease can often require routine blood transfusions, so having a more ethnically diverse donor pool available for these patients may be their best hope. We encourage everyone to donate this month to help diversify the blood supply for all patients who receive routine transfusions.

Be The Giving Type and schedule your appointment today. Please call 877.543.3768, download the free LifeSource Blood Donor Mobile App by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or schedule your appointment online by clicking here and searching by zip code or group code.