“Sickle cell affects almost all races, but 90 percent of the disease in the United States occurs in people of African descent, according to the American Red Cross. A single patient with sickle cell disease might need up to 100 pints of blood each year, and the best blood match for a chronically ill patient requiring multiple transfusions throughout her lifetime will likely come from a donor of the same ethnic background.
And yet, there is often a shortage of minority donors.
Local organizations are working to remedy that deficit. Last month, the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Region joined a national effort called Sickle Cell Sabbath to hold blood drives at local churches. Remington College’s Nashville campus has been holding blood drives on campus for several years, but in 2011 it joined the 3 Lives campaign, a nationwide effort to increase the number of minority blood donors….”
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