Local church hosts blood drive to benefit those with sickle cell disease

Health

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One local church teamed up with the American Red Cross and hosted a blood drive to benefit those with a specific disease. 

People fighting sickle cell disease require regular blood transfusion to stay alive.

The Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ in Springfield hosted the blood drive so those with the disease are helped specifically. 

According to the CDC sickle cell disease affects the red blood cells. The cells die early which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells, and then they travel through small blood vessels they can get stuck and clog blood flow. 

Dymind Wilson, member of The Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ told 22News, “Anything can happen to anybody but this can happen to any of our family members so we are giving a chance to give back.” 

SCD affects millions of people worldwide and is particularly common in African Americans. According to the CDC, the disease affects approximately 100,000 Americans.

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