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Janelle's Story

By Vitalant Blood Donation

People in the Black community are encouraged to donate blood, because due to rare blood traits and certain diseases, blood that closely matches a patient’s race is less likely to be rejected and cause complications.

“It’s important for Black people to give blood, and I ask my community to do that.”          -  Janelle La Chaux Janelle La Chaux is one of the thousands of people living with sickle cell disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder that affects one out of every 365 Black or African Americans...