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Ron Dayne, Sickle Cell Blood Drive

Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drive: Feb. 28

Posted Feb 25, 2015

 

The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hosting a Sickle Cell Awareness blood drive Saturday, Feb. 28 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Fountain of Life Covenant Church at 633 W. Badger Road.

All donors are welcome, but appointments are suggested. Interested donors can sign up here.

The drive is the second of three annual Sickle Cell Awareness blood drives and is co-sponsored by Fountain of Life Covenant Church, the Urban League of Greater Madison, the American Red Cross and Pasqual’s Cantina.

Donations collected Feb. 28 will help a variety of patients in need, but the drive will also focus on spreading awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and the need for diverse blood collection.

Sickle Cell disease is an inherited disorder than affects the function of red blood cells. As a result, many patients with Sickle Cell Disease require blood transfusions—some as often as every three weeks.

It is important that blood donors reflect the ethnic diversity of the patients who receive their blood. Patients with Sickle Cell Disease – which primarily affects those in the African-American community—are less likely to have complications from blood donated by African Americans. All are welcome to donate at the Sickle Cell Awareness blood drive, but African American students and community members are especially encouraged to donate.

The Sickle Cell Awareness blood drives are chaired by former UW-Madison Dean of Students Mary Rouse and Morgridge Center Special Events Intern Brienne Schaefer.

Honorary co-chairs include former Badger Football running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne as well as Latyna Darden and her 10-year-old son, Isaiah— who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at six months. Isaiah typically receives blood transfusions every three weeks.

 

More information on Sickle Cell Awareness blood drives can be found here.