Donate Blood for a Sickle Cell Patient

While there is no cure yet for Sickle Cell Disease, the painful symptoms of this disease can be prevented by regular blood transfusions.
 Because of the need for regular transfusions over a patient’s lifetime, it is critically important that blood transfused to Sickle Cell patients be as closely matched as possible. If the blood is not closely matched, the patient may build antibodies against the donated blood, and the transfusions will be ineffective in treating the symptoms of the disease.  Like other genetic factors, blood is similar among people of the same ethnic group, that is why the closest match for a Sickle Cell patient will most likely come from an African American donor.

To help increase the availability of blood for Sickle Cell patients, it is very important to increase the number of African Canadians who donate blood.  Those who already donate should donate as often as possible, and those who do not donate should give.  Churches, organizations, and businesses can help by hosting blood drives and encouraging African American members to participate.

Canadian Blood Services have shared some social media content, including images and suggested tweets and social media shares for our member groups, to promote blood and stem cell donation. This will be updated as new content becomes available.