We Are the Answer is a program designed to raise awareness among the African-American community on the importance of blood donation and marrow registration for sickle cell patients.
Because sickle cell disease affects African Americans on a larger scale than any other ethnic group, more African-American blood donors are needed to meet the needs of these chronically transfused patients. With more African Americans enrolling on the Be The Match Registry, African-American patients have a better chance of finding a marrow match for transplant.
STBTC partners with the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital to provide the community information on sickle cell disease and what you can do to help join the cause.
For more information on these programs, please contact the Corporate Communications Department via email or call (210) 731-5520.
Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood and be the answer to South Texas patients’ blood transfusion needs. For more information about donating blood, click here.
STBTC currently matches blood donors whose blood is sickle cell negative and can provide the best results to the patient who needs it. While every blood donation is critical, those who can donate to sickle cell patients are invited to join the We Are the Answer network.
To join the Be The Match Registry, you must be between the ages of 18 and 44 and in good general health.