September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross is holding a two-day blood drive in Emporia starting Tuesday.
The drive goes from noon to 6 pm Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church West Campus, with Wednesday's activities going from 8 am to 2 pm.
This isn't the only blood drive in the area this week. Chase County is hosting a drive at the Swope Community Building in Cottonwood Falls from 2 to 6 pm Monday, while the Coffey County Historical Society and Museum has a blood drive from 10 am to 2:45 pm Thursday.
Commonly known as sickle cell anemia for years, sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to form an abnormal shape -- and can cause patients to need blood transfusions to lower the risk of stroke, organ damage or other complications. The disease is most prevalent among African Americans, but many people of Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic or Mediterranean descents are also at risk.
Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Call 800-RED-CROSS to set up an appointment or go online to www.redcross.org.