A Message from Radhika Sawh:
My name is Radhika Sawh, and I rely on blood from New York Blood Center to survive.
I was born with Thalassemia, or Cooley’s Anemia, a rare genetic blood disorder that is treated with regular transfusions. My condition causes my body to make an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. As a result, my red blood cells can't function properly and are destroyed by my body, which causes life-threatening anemia.
Only about 1000 people nationwide suffer from this rare disorder, most often found in people with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African or Asian origins. I receive two pints of blood every two weeks to manage my condition. Thanks to nonprofits like NYBC, I lead a happy and normal life as a wife and mother in Long Island.
The New York Blood Center is devoted to saving lives every day, right here in the New York area. Just realize that it's not just me who needs blood. It could be your family, your friends, or even yourself—you may be perfectly healthy today, but may need blood tomorrow. And that’s when you’ll want NYBC at your side, with the resources, research and services so desperately needed by so many in our community.