Help Sickle Cell Fighters of Massachusetts

These First-Time Blood Donors are in for a Surprise
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o In the United States, it is estimated that over 100,000 people have sickle cell disease and
the disease affects 1 out of every 365 Black or African American births.1
o About half of the African American community has type O+ blood, which is the most
transfused blood type.
o Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic blood disease in the U.S. and primarily
affects Black and African American individuals.
o Patients with sickle cell disease may rely on regular blood transfusions throughout their
lives to help prevent sickle cell complications, such as organ and tissue damage, pain
and strokes.
o A single sickle cell patient can require up to 100 units of blood each year to treat
complications from sickle cell disease. Many may need to receive blood transfusions
throughout their lives.

**You must self identify as African American in Health History before the drive so that your donation is processed correctly. Thank you!

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