Sickle Cell Disease

Over 100,000 Americans live with sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is an inherited disease that disproportionately affects Black and Brown Americans, with an estimate in 1 in 365 Black Americans and 1 in 14,000 Hispanic Americans.

The disease is named for sickle-shaped red blood cells, resulting in severe conditions such as organ damage, extreme pain, and serious infections. Unfortunately, many people with SCD have shortened life expectancy and recurring and debilitating health problems.

SDC and Blood Donations

Blood transfusions are vital for SCD patients. Blood from healthy donors allows red blood cells to deliver oxygen throughout the blood and unblock blood vessels. Because SCD primarily impacts Black and Brown communities, blood donations from a donor with a similar ethnicity or race may provide the best opportunity for a matched unit and prevent immune-related transfusion complications which frequently occur in SCD patients. Furthermore, individuals with SCD may need as many as 100 units of blood each year. 

Please consider donating blood at one of our centers or mobile sites. Your donation is vital for all our UCLA patients requiring transfusion.

Schedule your blood donation appointment using one of these two options:

Thank you again for donating with the Blood & Platelet Center and supporting UCLA patients. We hope to see you soon.

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