Nicholas was diagnosed at birth with Sickle Cell Disease, a genetic disorder in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape. These blood cells can clog blood vessels, blocking blood flow and causing severe pain. Nicholas been hospitalized many times, and is currently on chronic blood transfusion therapy. Still, he strives to be an honor student and plans to go to college for mechanical engineering after high school.
Scholarships and Grants for High School Students
CBCC is proud to offer two distinct programs to our high school partners dedicated to saving local lives through community blood donation. We think it's important to educate and recognize our young donors and give back to schools in our community. To participate in either the scholarship or grant program, your school needs to join CBCC's High School Blood Drive Program.
New Donor Center in Hickory!
CBCC is pleased to announce the opening of our new donor center in Hickory. Our new location will make it even easier for donors in the Hickory area to help us save local lives. Blood and platelet donors are needed now for local patients. Call 704-972-4700 to donate or to sponsor a blood drive.
We all have the power to heal. It's in our blood.
You have the power to help cancer, transplant and trauma patients in our local hospitals. Please make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, or support CBCC by sponsoring a community blood drive.
Local Sickle Cell patients need your help!
Sickle Cell is a disorder that causes red blood cells to form a crescent shape that does not easily move through blood vessels and can cause severe pain, tissue damage, serious infections and even stroke. Sickle Cell patients often need frequent blood transfusions. CBCC has launched a program to create a registry of African-American donors whose blood type and traits are matched with local Sickle Cell patients. In order to do this, we need more African-American blood donors.
Joe has fought a long battle with kidney disease that began in 2000. Early treatment led to dialysis and ultimately a kidney transplant. But Joe's body rejected the new kidney and he was hospitalized with complications, requiring two separate life-saving blood transfusions. Finally, Joe's wife Amy decided to participate in a paired organ donation program, resulting in a new transplant for Joe and another patient. Both patients now enjoy normal lives without dialysis.