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Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Blood Drives

Give blood at the Sept. 19 Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Blood Drive

Posted Sep 14, 2015


Over 100,000 Americans live with Sickle Cell Disease, an incurable illness. But there’s a simple thing we can all do to support Sickle Cell Disease patients: Donate blood.

UW-Madison’s Morgridge Center for Public Service and Fountain of Life Church are hosting the first of two fall Sickle Cell Awareness blood drives this Saturday:


Saturday, Sept. 19

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 W. Badger Road, Madison, WI



All donors are welcome, but appointments are highly encouraged. Interested donors can sign up here by using the sponsor code “Madison Sickle Cell.”

It’s important that blood donors reflect the ethnic diversity of the patients who receive their blood. Sickle Cell Disease disproportionately affects African-Americans, and those patients 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.

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.

Donations collected Sept. 19 will help a variety of patients in need, but the drive focuses specifically on spreading awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and the need for diverse blood collection.

The drive is one of four annual Sickle Cell Awareness blood drives and is co-sponsored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service Fountain of Life Covenant Church, the Urban League of Greater Madison, the American Red Cross and Pasqual’s Cantina.

Learn more about the Sickle Cell Disease Awareness blood drives.