Blood donations are essential for people living with sickle cell disease. You can help by donating blood.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited red blood cell disorder that leads to a lack of healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. This devastating disease transforms healthy, disc-shaped red cells into sickle or crescent shapes, which can become lodged in blood vessels, causing extreme pain, respiratory conditions, organ failure and even a fatal stroke.
While there’s no cure for most people with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are an effective treatment that can provide comfort, prevent complications and relieve pain.
Healthy disc-shaped red cells
move easily through blood vessels
Crescent-shaped sickle cells
block blood flow