Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder that causes anemia, lung and tissue damage, strokes and terrible pain. It is estimated that over 80,000 Americans have Sickle Cell Disease. Ninety percent of all Sickle Cell Disease patients in the United States occur in people of African descent.

Although there is no cure, Sickle Cell Disease can be managed through blood transfusions. Children with Sickle Cell Disease often receive blood transfusions on an ongoing basis, making it more important for them to receive the best match for their bodies. 

June 27-29, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will host a blood drive to ensure there is an adequate blood supply for Sickle Cell Disease patients in the region. Every participant will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the Medical Center.

The blood drive takes place 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., June 27-29 at 4940 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-550-0289.