Many patients need a one-time blood transfusion, but the estimated 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease face a lifetime of them. During September, National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages blood donations from donors of all types.
Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment to donate blood for patients in need like those with sickle cell disease.
La Crosse County
Sept. 17 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1427 State Highway 16 in La Crosse, Wis.
Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1427 State Highway 16 in La Crosse, Wis.
Sept. 24 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1427 State Highway 16 in La Crosse, Wis.
Sept. 28 from 7-11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 401 Mill St. in Wilton, Wis.
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.