On July 24th, Sick Cells hosted its 2nd annual Blood Drive in honor of Marqus Valentine, beloved SCD warrior and Sick Cells co-founder. This blood drive was hosted in collaboration with Versiti, a community blood donor center as well as research institute dedicated to providing life-saving interventions for those in need. The event took place on one of the hottest days of summer. Still, of the 25 people who arrived to donate at Lisle Library District in Lisle, IL, 16 were able to donate, an amount that could save up to 48 lives! All donations will go to support Marqus’s home hospital, Edward Hospital.
We’re so thankful for all the wonderful people who supported us on this day and honored Marqus’s memory. Sick Cells hosts this event annually as celebration of not only Marqus’s life but also his birthday, July 25th.