September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and we’ve put together an infographic with a few facts about this genetic disease that affects 70,000 to 80,000 Americans.

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Puget Sound Blood Center helps sickle cell patients by providing needed blood transfusions — these transfusions reduce the number of abnormal cells in a patient’s bloodstream, making them feel better and preventing certain complications.

Your blood donations improve the lives of patients like Kendra.

Kendra Hogenson blog

Kendra was in and out of the hospital because of her sickle cell disease, suffering three bouts of meningitis, a stroke, and a lot of pain before the age of 13.

Her life changed after receiving her fist blood transfusion. Today, more than two decades and many transfusions later, thousands of blood donors have given Kendra health and hope.

Schedule a blood donation today!