Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disease causing red blood cells to take a sickle shape, which leads to blockages that prevent blood from reaching parts of the body. As a result, people with sickle cell complications can experience anemia, jaundice, gallstones, stroke, chronic pain, organ damage and premature death. No universal cure exists.
National Sickle Cell Awareness Month was designated by Congress to focus attention on the need for research and treatment of sickle cell disease. Individuals and organizations can join our efforts to bring attention to sickle cell disease in a variety of ways, including blood donation, hosting blood drives or other awareness events, distributing educational information to dispel the myths about sickle cell disease, and/or lighting public spaces, buildings and landmarks red.
- Fight sickle cell disease by donating blood with Miller-Keystone Blood Center. Donors can make an appointment by calling 800-B-A-DONOR or click here to schedule online.
- The 2020 Sickle Cell Disease Therapeutics Conference will take place virtually Sept. 15 at 9 am. Hosted by Global Blood Therapeutics Inc. in partnership with the Sickle Cell Disease Association, the conference provides a forum to discuss the latest advancements and future trends for treating patients with sickle cell disease. Health care companies, opinion leaders, patients, policymakers and others will present at the conference. Click here to learn more and register online.
- A Sickle Cell Awareness Month Twitter Party, an online Twitter conversation hosted by the Sickle Cell Disease Association where participants interact, share, learn and celebrate by posting tweets using the hashtag #SickleCellMatters, will take place Sept. 21, 23 and 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Register online.
- Sickle cell groups across the country will hold National Sickle Cell Awareness Month events throughout September, including town halls, webcasts, walks and races, summits and seminars and fundraisers. Learn more on the Sickle Cell Association of America’s website.
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America invites advocacy organizations, corporate and federal partners and supporters to use the hashtags #SickleCellMatters, #SickleCellAwarenessMonth, #SCDAA2020AwarenessMonth and #SCDSCTMatters in social media posts about sickle cell disease throughout September.
Additional information can also be found on the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s website
To schedule a blood donation in support of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, call 800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667).
Donors can also visit our website to schedule an appointment online or find a Blood Drive in their community.
In order to donate blood, individuals must be 16 years of age* or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be feeling healthy;
they must not have donated in the past eight weeks. All donors must also provide valid identification.
(parental consent required for 16-year-old donors)