About 3 Lives - Frequently asked questions about Remington College's 3 Lives Blood Drive
Why target minorities - blood is just blood, right?
Yes and no. You already know there are different blood types (A, B, O- and so on). Some conditions treated with blood transfusions require the presence of certain antigens in the blood, antigens which occur more reliably in specific ethnic groups. According to Sonja Banks, President/COO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, "It's best for [people with sickle cell disease] to receive blood that closely matches their own. African American donors provide blood with unique antigens that are vital for people with sickle cell disease."
What is sickle cell disease?
Also known as sickle cell anemia, this is a hereditary disease that is relatively more common among African Americans. Red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape, like a "sickle." As a result, they fail to deliver enough oxygen throughout the body, and they can block smaller blood vessels. This serious condition also conveys a host of possible complications and can impact life expectancy.
How do blood transfusions help?
Healthy blood can fulfill the critical functions that sickle cells cannot - like delivering oxygen to the body's organs, so they don't fail. Blood transfusions - if they contain the right antigens - reduce recurrent pain crises as well as the risk of complications like stroke.
Can one pint really save three lives?
Yes! Modern medicine has refined the blood transfusion process, so health care providers can make very efficient use of blood donated. However, many sickle cell patients require frequent blood transfusions, so there is a constant need for blood donation. Please participate!
Is 3 Lives only for minority donors?
No! We encourage all students, staff and community citizens to donate life-saving blood. Blood transfusions are needed for many reasons, and in health emergencies a sufficient supply of donated blood can mean the difference between life and death, no matter who the recipients or donors are.
How can I participate?
Thank you! Contact your local Remington College campus to find out the date of the next drive.