Blood Drive Honors Taylor Stratton Elementary Student
Third Grader, Caleb Clark, Has Sickle Cell Disease
(Nashville, Tenn., April 20, 2011)
Caleb Clark is funny, sensitive and has a great personality. The 8-year-old third grade student at Taylor Stratton Elementary School also has sickle cell disease. He was diagnosed with it at birth.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have abnormal red blood cells that become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels.
When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can each that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.
You are invited to donate blood in honor of Caleb Clark on Wednesday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Taylor Stratton Elementary School located at 310 Old Hickory Blvd. West in Madison. Walk-in donors are welcome.
“I think it’s great. It gives people a chance to help out and give blood for people like Caleb who need it. There’s a need for African-Americans to give blood, especially for sickle cell. So it means a lot,” says Sylvia Clark, Caleb’s mother.
Caleb’s received numerous blood transfusions so far and will continue to receive blood throughout his life. His mother is hopeful a bone marrow transplant sometime in the future will cure him.
Approximately, 100,000 people are living with sickle cell disease in the United States.-
To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
The Tennessee Valley Region serves 59 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.