Our Blood Saves Lives
Updated: Mar 8, 2022
African American blood donors play a critical role in helping patients battling sickle cell disease (SCD) receive the most compatible blood match. Today, there aren’t enough blood donors who are African American to meet this urgent need.
Did you know?
Blood given to patients with rare blood types or conditions such as sickle cell disease must be matched closely to avoid complications.
A patient is more likely to find a compatible blood match from a donor of the same race or similar ethnic group.
Blood transfusion helps relieve pain during a crisis and prevent other complications by increasing the number of healthy red blood cells in the body, helping to deliver oxygen throughout the body, and unblock blood vessels. **Click here to read more from the Red Cross about SCD.
From the CDC:
SCD affects approximately 100,000 Americans.
SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American births.
SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 16,300 Hispanic-American births.
About 1 in 13 Black or African-American babies is born with sickle cell trait (SCT). **Click here to read more from the CDC about SCD.
Incentives for Giving Blood at Our Drive:
Red Crosses national March incentive- all presenting donors at the drive will receive a $10 Fanatics.com e-gift card in the weeks after the blood drive.
Red Crosses sickle cell incentive - each presenting donor at our blood drive only will also receive a $20 Amazon e-gift card!
We are starting COVID antibody testing today for a limited time (runs through the end of May). All blood donations will be tested for COVID antibodies and donors will receive that information through the Blood Donor App.
This is why We All Rise is hosting a Community Blood Drive, we need YOU to donate on Thursday, March 31 2022 from 9 am-2 pm at
YWCA of Green Bay - Gym Entrance
230 S Madison Street
Green Bay WI 54301
Want to set up an appointment? Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter "weallrise" into the "Find a Blood Drive" box or call 1-800-733-2767 to make your appointment today.
Is the health disparity within sickle cell disease (SCD) new to you? Check out the links below for additional knowledge and understanding:
"The causative mutation in SCD primarily arose on the African continent because of the protective effect of the carrier state against malaria, so most patients with SCD have a shared African ancestry. Although SCD is a global disorder affecting people of all races, in the United States, as a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade, nearly all patients with SCD are Black." Click here to read more.
"While SCD is the most common inherited blood disorder in the US, it is important to note that it predominantly impacts Black or African-Americans, occurring in 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American births. Moreover, approximately 1 in 13 Black or African-American children carry one copy of the sickle cell HBB mutation, which they may pass on to their children, but are otherwise symptomless." Click here to read more.