Why I donate blood: Kathleen Lappe

Kathleen Lappe's brother was only eight years old when he was diagnosed with a staph infection and as a result had to go undergo several major operations. This harrowing experience of watching her baby brother spend many weeks in the hospital to get blood transfusions became Kathleen's motivation to becoming a blood donor.

For patients with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are essential

Learn why blood transfusions from donors who are Black may provide best outcomes   Seventeen-year-old Demarus Torrence loves comics and sci-fi movies, and like his favorite superheroes, he’s awfully brave himself. Demarus lives with sickle cell disease, the most common inherited blood disorder, which affects about 100,000 people in the U.S.   What is sickle cell disease?  Sickle cell disease makes red blood cells hard and sickle-shaped … Continue reading For patients with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are essential