REdHHoTT is a project led by the Georgia Health Policy Center and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its goal is to reduce complications of blood transfusions for people who have sickle cell disease or thalassemia — two inherited blood disorders. The name stands for Registry and Education for Hemovigilance in Hemoglobinopathy Transfusion Therapy.
Many people who have sickle cell disease or thalassemia get blood transfusions to stay healthy. But there are risks that come with having many transfusions in a lifetime. These risks are much lower when the blood they get is a close match to their own. We need donors from all racial and ethnic groups because there are diverse patients! REdHHoTT created MySleevesUp.com to help diversify the blood supply.
Donate. Find a drive and give blood regularly.
Educate. Learn more and share with others the special reason for a diverse blood supply — to keep people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia healthy and safe.
Motivate. Urge your friends, family, and community to give blood and to tell others. Host a drive or recruit for one you see coming up.
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