The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.
Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Sept. 2 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park, Ill.
Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chicago Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St. in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 8 from 1-6 p.m. at Loyola Student Bar Association, 25 E. Pearson in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 12 from 12:30-4 p.m. at DePaul University Quad Outside Area, 2300 N. Seminary in Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence in Sauk Village, Ill.
Sept. 15 from 12-6 p.m. at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
Du Page County
Sept. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 751 Army Trail Road in Bartlett, Ill.
Sept. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill.
Sept. 4 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Sept. 5 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cornerstone Church, 393 Southcreek Drive in Manteno, Ill.
Sept. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W. Route 17 in Kankakee, Ill.
Sept. 11 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart, 505 Riverstone Parkway in Kankakee, Ill.
Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wildwood Presbyterian Church, 18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road in Grayslake, Ill.
Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington in Grayslake, Ill.
How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.