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Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau partners with American Red Cross to host sickle cell awareness blood drive

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a regional blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Southland Center in Lynwood.

The drive is being held to raise awareness for sickle cell disease. Currently, there are about 100,000 people in the United States with sickle cell, of whom 90% are of African descent. 

Blood transfusions to those with sickle cell often reduce the risk of complications and symptoms associated with the disease. A close blood type match is essential and is found . . .

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