Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross
FORT WAYNE—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.
To help increase donations during the month of September, those who come out to donate blood or platelets throughout the month will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
● 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 8 at Lehman Park Pavilion, 667 Lehman St. in Berne.
● 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 15 at Riverside Center, 231 East Monroe St. in Decatur.
● 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 2 at Old National Bank, 116 East Berry St. in Fort Wayne.
● 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 2 at Ivy Tech Community College, North Anthony Blvd., 3800 North Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
● 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 2 at Monroeville EMS, 103 S. Water St. in Monroeville.
● 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 4 at Summit Brands, 7201 Engle Road in Fort Wayne.
● 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 5 at Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E. Califorina Road in Fort Wayne.
● 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 8 at Grabill Missionary Church, 13637 State St. in Grabill.
● 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 9 at Brown Mackie College, 3000 East Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
● 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 9 at Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
● 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 10 at Science Building, Indiana-Purdue University, 2101 E Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
● 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 11 at Science Building – Indiana Purdue University, 2101 E Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
● 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 13 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive in Fort Wayne.
● 9 a. m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Aven. in Fort Wayne.
● 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 15 at Third Place, 1601 West Cedar Canyon Road in Huntertown.
● 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 2 at First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St. in Auburn.
● 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sept. 7 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Cherry St. in Huntington.
● 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 8 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road in Huntington.
● 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 10 at Huntington University, 2303 College Avenue in Huntington.
● 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 2 at Parkview Noble Hospital, 401 Sawyer Road in Kendallville.
● 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 5 at Faith United Methodist Church, 411 Harding St. in Kendallville.
● 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 5 at Park & Recreation Center, 520 W. Union St. in Ligonier.
● 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 8 at Grace Christian Church, 126 E. Mitchell St. in Kendallville.
● 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 12 at Gold Wing Rally Parking Lot, 580 N Fair St. in Kendallville.
● 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 3 at Helmer United Methodist Church, 7530 S SR 327 in Helmer.
● 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 8 at Fairview Missionary Church, 525 E 200 N in Angola.
● 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 11 at American Legion Post 423, 6215 S.R. 327 in Orland.
● 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 3 at Southern Wells High School, 9120 South 300 West in Poneto.
● 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 15 at Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse St. in Markle.
Additionally, blood donations can be made at the Fort Wayne Donor Center located at 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, (across from the Memorial Coliseum):
● 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Tuesday.
● 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.
● 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday.
● 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.
… and the Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital):
● 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday.
● 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
● 12 noon to 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month.
To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.