World Sickle Cell Day is on Wednesday, June 19th.  Sickle Cell Disease affects more than 700,000 people in the United States.  Their red blood cells are shaped like sickles instead of normal biconcave, disc-shaped red cells.  Normal shaped red cells travel through veins of people easily, whereas the abnormally shaped “sickle” cells may block blood vessels, especially during an illness.  A person diagnosed with sickle cell disease experiences body pain when they get sick.

To help with healing, some sickle cell patients undergo “red blood cell exchanges” in which they receive donated blood, sometimes up to eight to ten units per procedure, approximately six times per year.

Greg Stroman, Cornerback for the Washington Redskins will be donating with his family on June 19th at the Dulles Donor Center in Sterling, VA to help bring awareness to Sickle Cell Disease and help ensure blood products are available for Sickle Cell Patients when they need transfusions for healing.

Inova Blood Donor Services is the Official Blood Collection Agency of the Washington Redskins.

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Who:               Inova Blood Donor Services
:              World Sickle Cell Day Blood Drive

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Dulles Donor Center, 45745 Nokes Blvd, Suite #160, Sterling, VA 20166

Thank You Gift: USB Power Bank*

Photo ID Required. Please allow one hour for your blood donation.
*While Supplies Last. Donor must complete screening process on the event date at a center location to receive donor gift.

Media Contact: Tracy Connell,

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, employing more than 18,000 team members and serving more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes such as the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve.

Inova Blood Donor Services plays a critical role in the region by supporting the majority of hospitals in the Washington DC metro region, including all Inova hospitals, with a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in the diverse community we serve.  To support the needs of the region, Inova Blood Donor Services must collect 200 units a day from generous blood, platelet, plasma and double red cell donors. More information and statistics about Inova Blood Donor Services can be found at

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