Versiti - Sickle Cell Awareness Month Event

Sickle Cell Awareness Month Event

You’re invited to Butler University on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, to hear Chris Miskel, President and CEO of Versiti, share information about why the Ro blood type is important in the treatment of sickle cell disease.

Versiti’s Sickle Cell Awareness Month event will educate and inspire the Butler University community about the lifesaving power of blood donation.

Chris Miskel, President and CEO of Versiti

Speaker: Chris Miskel, President and CEO of Versiti, will share information about the importance of diverse blood donations, and why Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is a leader in saving lives.

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to this genetic blood disease that affects millions of people. Because patients with this disease can experience severe pain and often require blood transfusions, Ro blood donated helps these patients thrive.

Never giving up hope. When you give, together we thrive. Join us for an important Sickle Cell Awareness Month event.

Event details

The Importance of Blood Donation and Why Diversity Matters!

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Butler University Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union Room 004

Pizza and refreshments will be provided

Information will be shared regarding the critically important Ro blood type, prevalent in 44% of the African American population, and why the Ro blood type is important in Sickle Cell treatment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have a cheek swab performed (non-invasive) and within weeks, receive communication regarding their Ro blood-type status.

Elodie Ontala
Born with sickle cell disease, Elodie has stayed strong and active thanks to the generosity of blood donors.
Breanna Steele
Breanna encourages others to donate blood and give hope to sickle cell patients like her. “It helps others, especially sickle cell patients,” she says.
Importance of Diverse Donors
Diverse blood donations improve blood transfusion outcomes for sickle cell patients and diverse blood recipients. Make an appointment to donate blood.
Mariah Roberts
Mariah is one of nearly 100,000 Americans who suffer from this life-threatening disease. Thanks to blood donors, she has a bright future ahead.