Donate Blood in Memory of Skyline Student Grace Obungo-Clark!


Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgi

This 2009 colorized microscope image shows a sickle cell, left, and normal red blood cells of a patient with sickle cell anemia. Credit: Tribune News Service/Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia

Hasan Alsamerai

In memory of Grace Obungu-Clark (‘24), Skyline is hosting a blood drive on Friday, October 28, 2022 in the Auxiliary Gym. 

Why should you donate blood? For those with sickle cell disease, your donation could help ease their pain.

You know how your red blood cells are round? People with sickle cell have C- shaped blood cells. The sickle cell mutation is a helpful adaptation which prevents malaria, a vicious virus raging in many tropical and subtropical regions. This means it predominantly affects descendants of those regions, meaning people of color. While this variation is helpful in those regions, it can lead to blood cells clotting often, leading to intense pain and serious conditions such as infection or stroke. 

People with sickle cell benefit most from donors who have similar races/backgrounds. YOUR blood could carry a genetic trait that can provide relief to people with sickle cell. People with sickle cell benefit most from blood transfusions.

Finally, donating blood only takes about an hour, is safe, and can save lives!

In order to donate blood, as of Michigan State Law, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

Use this QR code to sign up for the blood drive