City of Charleston to proclaim September Sickle Cell Awareness Month
CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – September is recognized as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month to help raise awareness of the need for sickle cell disease research and treatment.
Almost 10,000 people in the United States have sickle cell anemia and primarily affect African Americans.
The disease causes red blood cells to harden and form a C shape and when they harden the cells can get stuck in the blood vessels and cause serious complications for patients.
There is no widely accepted cure for sickle cell disease, but the Red Cross supports one of the most widely used treatments for sickle cell disease, blood transfusions.
âWe are grateful to the City of Charleston for raising awareness about sickle cell disease and the need for various blood donors,â said Jerri Fatticci, Acting Executive Director of the Lowcountry Chapter of the South Carolina Red Cross. “We encourage donors of all blood groups to make an appointment to make sure there is blood on hospital shelves when patients need it.”
The City of Charleston will proclaim September as Sickle Cell Awareness Month on Wednesday starting at 9:00 a.m. Members of the community can watch it live on the city’s YouTube channel.
Upcoming blood drives in the Lowcountry:
- September 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Headquarters in North Charleston at 4132 Rivers Ave.
- September 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware Inc. in North Charleston at 1210 Truxtun Ave.