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Blue Tag Program

Children's Memorial Hospital - American Red Cross - Blue Tag ProgramThe American Red Cross and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago developed and created a Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program dedicated to meeting the transfusion needs of sickle cell patients.

If you are African American, you are in a special position to help.

Did you know?

  • Sickle cell disease affects approximately 70,000 African Americans.
  • Some children with sickle cell disease need blood transfusions through the course of a year.
  • The best blood for an African-American child usually comes from an African-American donor.

How does the program work?

  • Next time you attend a Red Cross blood drive, ask for the Blue Tag to let the Red Cross staff know you are interested in this special sickle cell donor program.
  • Your blood will be tested, as is all blood, for type and infectious disease.
  • It will also be specially matched for children with sickle cell disease.
  • When a child with sickle cell disease needs it, your blood will be used.
  • If a child does not need a transfusion at this time, it will be delivered to a patient in need at Lurie Children’s.

Won't you join us and help a child with sickle cell disease? For more information about the Sickle Cell Donor Program or sponsoring a Blue Tag blood drive through an organization or workplace, call the Community Outreach Coordinator at Lurie Children’s, 312-227-4822.

To make an appointment to donate blood, check out the drives below or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Date Drive Location Name Address Time Sponsor Code
Jan
10
Chicago Cook County Human Resources 118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL
9:00 am - 2:30 pm 0403397
Jan
11
Chicago Cook County Human Resources 118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL
9:00 am - 2:30 pm 0403397
Jan
14
Chicago South Shore High School 1955 E. 75th Street
Aurora, IL
Noon - 5:00 pm 0405866