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KTBS Mash Bash a cause for sickle cell anemia

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SHREVEPORT, La. -  KTBS 3 Mash Bash is going on right now. The two-day event kicked off Wednesday.

We're partnering with Lifeshare Blood Centers to gather much needed blood donations this summer. It's a way you can give the gift of life to others.

Just one blood donation can help up to four people. 

For example, sickle cell patients can need multiple blood transfusions over the course of their lives.

14-year-old Joshua Black deals with complications from sickle cell anemia.

"It starts my body to cramp and hurt and ache. It makes me feel really weak sometimes," said Josh.

Sickle cell is a genetic disease, where red blood cells in the body develop into a sickle shape. This can block blood flow, causing pain, organ damage and infection. 

"The struggle for me is seeing him suffer as much as he does and knowing there's nothing I can do about it. So, a lot of praying that I have to do as a parent," said his mother.

Over the years, Josh has needed many blood transfusions to help him through the hard times. They can help clear up sickle cells from the blood flow and ultimately save the life of a sickle cell patient. 

"That replaces the sickle cell hemoglobin, so therefore they don't have the pain and the organ failure and these problems that they have when they don't have the sickle hemoglobin," said Dr. Joann Moulds.

Sickle cell is most common among black Americans, so donations are in high demand from that section of the community. That's why KTBS and Lifeshare are stepping in to help.

Give the gift of life at a Lifeshare Blood Center location near you. 

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