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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2018
BLOOD DRIVES

First United Methodist, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Birmingham Lions hosting blood drives

September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
Sep 10, 2018

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive Sept. 17 for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Blood Center.

The blood drive will be 2-6:30 p.m. in the church’s dining room.

Donors who last gave blood on or before July 23 are eligible to give at this drive.

For appointments to donate, contact Melva Dahl at 472-5762 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5105 to locate the drive.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 19 in its Smith Meeting Room.

Donors who last gave blood on or before July 25 are eligible to give at this drive.

For appointments to donate, contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Birmingham Lions Club

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Lions Club will host a community blood drive from 3-6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Birmingham Lions Building.

Donors who last gave blood on or before July 26 are eligible to give at this drive.

For appointments to donate, contact Harry Anderson at 319-498-4201 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5006 to locate the drive.

Donor eligibility criteria

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, although a 16-year-old with a completed parental permission form can donate. The form is available through www.bloodcenter.org. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as eligible donors.

Donors must weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.

For information about eligibility, call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 800-747-5401.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. It is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center and Van Buren County Hospital.

Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

During September, there is an increased focus on the need for research, treatment, and increased awareness of Sickle Cell Disease – and the importance that volunteer blood donations have in treating these patients.

Here are some fast facts about Sickle Cell Disease:

• SCD is the most common hereditary disorder and currently affects over 70,000 Americans, predominantly people of African, Middle Eastern, Grecian, Indian, and Latin American descent.

• SCD causes the body to create abnormal hemoglobin and “sickle”-shaped red blood cells that cause pain and numerous health complications.

• Although there is no cure for SCD, blood transfusions are a critical part of treatment.

• Many times, only blood transfusions can relieve the pain and complications that occur during a sickle cell episode.

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