Blood drive to honor Beacon High School grad who has sickle cell disease

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BEACON  New York Blood Center will be holding a blood drive at Beacon High School on Wednesday, November 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in honor of Paris Moore. The public is encouraged to attend this drive after 2:30 p.m. if they are able.

Paris graduated from Beacon High School in 2018. He was born with sickle cell disease, an inherited red cell disorder that is most common among African Americans. Some 100,000 people nationwide suffer from this disease, of which 98 percent are African Americans.

Paris relies on blood donations to keep him alive, receiving monthly blood transfusions to reduce pain, the risk of infections and stroke.

Sickle cell disease patients require very closely matched blood products because their bodies make antibodies directed towards transfused red blood cells.

These blood products can often only be found in donors with the same racial or ethnic heritage, making donations from people of color particularly important, blood center officials said.

As the blood shortage continues, the blood center encourages all who are eligible in the community to honor Paris by donating blood and helping those battling sickle cell disease.