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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

The American Red Cross announces its Blood Drive schedule for September:

September 2 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Clarkson University, 115 Cheel Campus Center, Potsdam.

September 3 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Clarkson University, 115 Cheel Campus Center, Potsdam.

September 8 from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 40 East Orvis Street Massena.

September 9 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. the Potsdam Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm Street, Potsdam.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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