BLACK HISTORY MONTH BLOOD DRIVE
The Round Table on Black History Month takes the opportunity to partner again with Héma-Québec to solicit the vital support of blood donors from Black communities. These communities are especially affected by sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disease whose treatment can require multiple transfusions at frequent intervals.
One of the treatments for this disease consists of blood exchanges (erythrocytapheresis) to remove the red blood cells of the person affected and replace them with those of healthy donors. This procedure usually takes place every four weeks and requires red blood cells from 10 different donors. On a yearly basis, one person with sickle cell anemia will need blood from 130 different donors on average.
But the challenge is even more daunting when you know that persons who receive transfusions on a frequent basis are at risk of developing antibodies that result in adverse reactions during transfusion. One solution to reduce these adverse reactions is for the donor and recipient to share a similar genetic makeup.
Mobilizing donors from Black communities makes a major difference in the quality of life of persons with sickle cell anemia who require transfusions on a frequent basis.
This is why throughout the month of February, we invite you to book an appointment in one of the blood cell centers. You can call 1-800-343-7264 and mention the code MMCNO. That way, we can count the number of donors registered during Black History Month.
Globule Dix-30 : 9370 boulevard Leduc #30, Brossard, J4Y 0B3
Globule Versailles : 7275 rue Sherbrooke E., Montréal H1N 1E9 (métro Radisson)
Globule Laval : 1600 boulevard Le Corbusier, Laval H7S 1Z2 (entrance #4 in front of the Brick)