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2013-2014 Sickle Cell Scholarship Application

Background

Sickle Cell Disease affects the lives of more than 80,000 people across the nation, most of African descent. In fact one in every 12 African Americans carries the trait for Sickle Cell Disease.

The Sickle Cell Program at the American Red Cross is designed to provide better blood transfusion support for children with Sickle Cell Disease. The best match for patients with Sickle Cell Disease usually comes from a donor from the Black community. Since patients with Sickle Cell Disease often need many blood transfusions, it is best for them to receive blood that very closely matches their own. Donors with the same ethnic background usually make the best match.

Essay Question

"How have you advocated on behalf of those with Sickle Cell Disease and what was the specific impact on your high school blood drive to increase donations matched to those living with the Disease?"

Please include an effective personal statement tied to your experiences with the American Red Cross Blood Services and your high school blood program that emphasizes your accomplishments and creativity in blood donor recruitment. Identify any challenges that you faced and how you overcame them and provide details of your tangible recruitment results.

By submitting this application, I hereby waive all rights and release the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region (including its officials, employees, representatives, agents, licensees, successors, and assigns) from, and shall neither sue nor bring any proceeding against any such parties for, any claim or cause of action, whether now known or unknown, for defamation, invasion of right to privacy, publicity or personality or any similar matter, or based upon or relating to the use or publication of this essay.

I further certify that the information I have provided is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge. I authorize the American Red Cross to verify the information that I have provided.