The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia established the Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program to encourage African-American donors to earmark their blood donations for children with sickle cell disease. The program now includes St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
About 15 percent of sickle cell patients at Children's Hospital are on chronic transfusion and receive blood every three to four weeks. People who receive frequent transfusions need blood that is closely matched to their own.
Currently, 1,000 units of blood are collected a month through the Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program. The program is working to expand the number of area hospitals that participate.
For more information about being a blood donor or sponsoring a blood drive through an organization or workplace, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE .
Become an advocate
The Community Advocacy Committee (CAC) seeks to raise funds to support research and patient services at the Sickle Cell Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and to educate the public about sickle cell disease. The committee is comprised of community volunteers and parents of children with the disease. The CAC's premier event is an annual Blue Tag Gala “Silent Auction” held on the first Saturday in September. Individuals or organizations that would like to support the activities of the CAC or would like more information may contact our center at 215-590-3437.
Make a donation
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a not-for-profit organization that relies on charitable contributions to help offset the cost of tens of millions of dollars of uncompensated care annually. If you'd like to fund our efforts, visit our Giving page.