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Be a hero for Sickle Cell patients by donating blood. This event is hosted by the Boynton Beach Police Department in partnership with the Boynton Beach Coalition of Clergy and OneBlood during National Faith & Blue Weekend.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder in which red blood cells may become sickle-shaped and harden. Sickle cell disease is not contagious, and there is no universal cure. The blockage of blood flow caused by sickled cells leads to many complications including chronic pain, infection, lung tissue damage, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.
The Facts
• About 1 in 13 African Americans carry the sickle cell trait and many do not know they have it
• Estimated 100,000 in U.S. have SCD
• Approximately 2,000 babies born with SCD annually in the U.S.
• On average, diagnosis is made at birth
• 8% of African Americans are carriers
• Latinos have the second most common incidence in the U.S.
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