The Golden State Warriors and American Red Cross are teaming up to host a Thrive City Community Blood Drive for patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions on Tuesday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blood drive aims to highlight the importance of having diverse blood donors who may have the unique ability to help patients with different illnesses or inherited diseases including sickle cell anemia. To make an appointment please CLICK HERE.
Sickle cell disease is a lifelong inherited blood disorder that effects over 100,000 people in the U.S., most of whom are of African or Latino decent. Because patients often require blood transfusions from a donor of the same ethnic group to help prevent and treat symptoms, African American blood donors are vital for many patients with rare blood types – beyond the A, B, O and AB blood types – who depend on blood that must be matched very closely to reduce the risk of complications.
The Red Cross has an urgent need for African American blood donors as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented supply challenges as many blood drives continue to be cancelled while the need for blood products for patients with sickle cell disease has remained steady. Sickle cell patients are at high risk of serious complications from coronavirus infection, and blood transfusion can be a lifesaving treatment for these patients.
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device and entering sponsor code ThriveCity.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arrival and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control public guidance.
Donors can save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
In most states, individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
For more information on Thrive City, please visit thrivecity.com.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About Chase Center & Thrive City
Chase Center is an award-winning 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood that is home to the six-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors and hosts a variety of concerts, family shows and special performances. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or mass transit, Chase Center anchors Thrive City—a privately financed, multipurpose complex consisting of 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and unique restaurant and retail locations. Thrive City’s mission as a community gathering space, created by the Golden State Warriors and Kaiser Permanente, is to promote health and wellness in the greater Bay Area. Thrive City was built upon Kaiser Permanente’s and the Golden State Warriors’ shared belief that everyone has the ability to thrive. Year-round programming and resources are offered for families, fans, visitors and neighbors to build community.