Donate blood for Sickle Cell Awareness Month

American Red Cross (WLFI Photo)
American Red Cross (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — This September help observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month by donating blood with the American Red Cross in order to maintain supplies for those in need.

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, according to the Red Cross.

Many affected 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. The Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply in order to decrease complications.

The Red Cross said during the month of September, those who come out to donate will receive a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 800-RED-CROSS or click here.

The following, listed by county, shows the upcoming blood drives in the News 18 viewing area:


Sept. 11 – 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Honan Hall, Monroe and Union Street, in Delphi



Sept. 4 – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Rea Magnet Wire, 2800 Concord Road, in Lafayette

Sept. 11 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Krannert School of Management, 403 West State Street, in West Lafayette


Sept. 3 – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Monticello United Methodist Church, 200 S. Main Street, in Monticello
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