Port Huron Office Hosts Sickle Cell Event

August 25, 2011


Red Cross sponsors sickle cell information event in Port Huron


Media Contact: Debby Wolfe 810-455-0236 (877-727-4351 cell)  (for event information)                                

                            Martha Roemer Kurtz  313-494-2745    (for Red Cross infornation)

Sickle cell disease is a lifelong condition. For many, blood transfusions can offer a lifetime of hope. 

This inherited disorder of red blood cells is the topic of an inspiring evening of information and inspiration slated for Thursday, September 8, 2011, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at RESA (St. Clair County Regional Education Service Agency) in the TEC Building (enter through front door) at 499 Range Road, Marysville 48040.

The event is presented by the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross and sponsored by DTE Energy and the Harriet M. Turner Trust.

Renowned sickle cell expert Wanda Shurney, M.D., will share information about this chronic disease that is found primarily in people of African and Mediterranean heritage.  Topics will include: the truth about sickle cell disease; treatment options for patients; and how blood donors can make a difference.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States. It causes soft, round blood cells to become hard, sticky and “sickle” shaped causing them to get stuck in small blood vessels and block the flow of oxygen. The result for the patient can include severe pain, organ damage, serious infections and stroke.

A person with sickle cell disease may need up to 100 pints of blood a year. Since the best blood match for a patient receiving ongoing transfusions comes from donors of the same genetic background, the Red Cross encourages people of all ethnicities to give blood, and help increase the number of diverse donors.

There is no cost for this event. Refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 810-455-0236 or by e-mail at wolfed@usa.redcross.org