September 2, 2021
BY Kiersten

Philadelphia, PA: This September 9th, 2021 from 2 pm -7 pm at 4000 Powelton Avenue, Crescent Foundation, a sickle cell non-profit organization in partnership with American Red Cross will be hosting its second annual blood drive to aid in the current blood shortage happening in the US. 

Many individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) rely on blood transfusions and platelets to maintain a reasonable lifestyle and this heavily depends on the availability of blood. With blood donations being down 55%, this heavily impacts the SCD community. By requesting a “blue tag” at any American Red Cross blood drive, your donation goes directly to help individuals living with SCD. Healthy red blood cells decrease the chances of experiencing major complications such as stroke and organ damage. The importance of blood drives in our communities from donors of the same race and/or ethnic backgrounds also decreases the chance of any severe side effects when receiving blood. 

“I rely on the goodwill of others donating blood, without it I don’t even have a hope of living a “normal life” due to the amount of fatigue that comes with living with this disease,” says Idiongo Utuk, who lives with SCD and receives monthly transfusions. Crescent’s blood drive is a way of engaging with the community and encouraging them to give back, learn more about their SCD trait status, and how they can show up for their brothers and sisters in the SCD community. RSVP today via the link below and select “RED CROSS HOUSE” to select your appointment time. See you on September 9th!

RSVP link: BIT.LY/CFscd

About Crescent: Crescent Foundation is a solutions-focused organization with the sole purpose of serving the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) community. Through guidance and support for individuals transitioning from pediatric to adult care, Crescent helps patients navigate the journey of the healthcare system. Crescent Foundations aims to increase awareness, advocacy, and support for evidence-based care for patients, families, and communities affected by SCD, through collaborative action and innovative initiatives. 

Crescent Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

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