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Christopher Gipson Day

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Donate Blood in Honor of a Local Hero

Honor a Local Hero: Donate Blood on Christopher Gipson Day

July 3rd is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Gipson

At birth, Christopher was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease, an inherited blood disorder that is characterized by chronic anemia and episodes of excruciating pain. On July 3, 2008 Christopher lost his battle with Sickle Cell due to a massive stroke.  

Throughout his 21 years of life, Christopher received blood transfusions every six weeks. As a way of educating people in the community about the constant, daily need for blood, Christopher and his mother Cynthia served as testimonial speakers for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. On behalf of the American Red Cross, the Gipsons participated in a number of high profile blood drives and educational programs, spoke at press conferences and attended special events designed to raise local awareness of the need for blood donors.

Because of his dedication to the American Red Cross and our mission to ensure blood is available for all patients in need, we have dedicated July 3rd in honor of Christopher Gipson.

Schedule your blood donation here

The summer months, particularly holiday weekends, are one of the most difficult times of year for blood collection. Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and other serious conditions are depending on blood donors for survival this 4th of July weekend.  Add blood donation to your list of activities this holiday, and celebrate by helping to save a life!