An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, April 17 in honor of Jordan Williams, who lives courageously with sickle cell disease.
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disorder condition that causes abnormal blood cells to stick together and block blood flow and oxygen, causing complications.
Williams was diagnosed with sickle cell as a baby and wasn’t expected to live longer than two weeks.
She proved early that she would defy the odds. Williams went home from the hospital and was symptom-free until she suffered her first pain crisis at age 5 after a bike accident.
Now a student in South Carolina State University’s social work program, Williams’ mission is to advocate for sickle cell awareness.
She lives by the motto, “I have sickle cell. It doesn’t have me.”
Blood transfusions are often required to help lessen the pain for sickle cell patients. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to help sickle cell patients by donating blood. One blood donation has the potential to impact up to three lives.
A “Donate Blood with SCSU Bulldogs” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in South Carolina State University’s Bulldog Lounge.