According to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, more than 2.5 million people carry the sickle cell trait in the U.S. – mostly African Americans. Eighty thousand people in the U.S. have sickle cell disease, and 1,000 babies are born with sickle cell each year.
That’s why Remington College Greenspoint Campus is holding a pair of 3 Lives Blood Drives and highlighting the need for minority blood donors.
Remington College created the 3 Lives campaign to recruit new minority blood donors and raise awareness of blood disorders. Minority donors – particularly African American donors – are in high demand because they provide blood with unique antigens that are vital for patients with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.
Nationally, Remington College has collected more than 13,900 pints of blood through its 3 Lives Blood Drives. And since 1 pint of blood can save 3 lives, that’s enough blood to save more than 41,000 lives.
While the focus of 3 Lives is to increase the number of minority blood do- nors, everyone is encouraged to give blood at the event. Donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. All the blood collected will go to local hospitals and medical centers to help people in the Houston area.
Remington College Greenspoint Cam- pus is located at 11310 Greens Crossing, Suite 300. For more on the 3 Lives pro- gram, visit www.3Lives.com.