Tennessee Titan Helps TVR Tackle Sickle Cell
Tennessee Titan Jason McCourty Helps
American Red Cross Tackle Sickle Cell
Tennesse Titan, Jason McCourty is joining the American Red Cross team to tackle Sickle Cell. McCourty has seen members of his own family battle the condition. He hopes his support raises awareness about the importance of donating blood for local Sickle Cell patients while encouraging the community to get tested for the trait.
Jason McCourty will making a special appearance at a blood drive on October 8th at East Park Community Center located at 600 Woodland Street in Nashville, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. McCourty will also be available to autograph any Titans memorabelia donors may bring.
Please schedule your appointment to donate blood on October 8th by calling 1-800 RED CROSS or CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment online.
See you on the 8th!
What is Sickle Cell?
- Sickle cell occurs when someone’s body produces red blood cells that become shaped like a sickle (C-shaped farm tool) under certain conditions, instead of the normal, round red blood cells. These blood cells are stiff and block small blood vessels, causing serious complications.
- Severe pain is the most common problem for people living with sickle cell disease.
- One of the most serious complications of Sickle Cell Disease is stroke, which can affect children as early as six months old.
- The only potential cure for sickle cell disease is a bone marrow transplant, but finding a compatible donor is exceptionally difficult.
- One of the most common treatments for sickle cell is regular blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs or severe infections.
- Sickle cell disease is not contagious; it’s hereditary like eye or hair color. You can only get it if both of your parents carry a certain gene trait and pass it on to you.
- If you have sickle cell disease, you are not eligible to donate blood.
- If you have sickle cell trait, you are eligible to donate blood.
Did you know?
- Sickle cell disease affects approximately 1000,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American.
- While African-Americans comprise nearly 13% of the U.S. population, they represent less than 1% of blood donors.
- A single sickle cell patient could receive up to 100 pints of blood each year to continue to live with the disease.
- One in every 12 African-Americans carries the trait for sickle cell disease.