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Stories for World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Marquita Jones
The Red Cross recognizes this day by sharing stories of two people diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

Summer is a time for making memories, ones that will turn into stories shared with younger generations, 100 times over. This summer, the American Red Cross is excited to share amazing stories of donors and recipients, which we hope will inspire you to give.

Today is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. We recognize this disease by sharing stories of two people diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

AARON’S STORY Aaron was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia when he was two years old and endures the pain associated with this debilitating disease on a daily basis. A key component in his pain management regiment is receiving 10 pints of blood, a complete blood transfusion, every three weeks. He is able to live a relatively normal life through the generosity of strangers who voluntarily donate blood.

MARQUITA’S STORY Marquita was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. Every six weeks she receives red blood cell transfusions that help her feel pain free. She recorded part of her story for, telling what these life-changing donations mean to her.

“It’s been fun and therapeutic to record what I go through on a day-to-day basis,” said Gaines.

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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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.