Feb 16, 2023 Tackle Sickle Cell, Embrace Kids Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership with Massive Community Blood Drive to Fight Blood Supply Shortages on Saturday, February 18

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Devin and Jason McCourty

(New Brunswick, NJ) – Tackle Sickle Cell, Embrace Kids Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will celebrate a successful decade of partnership by hosting the 10th Annual Tackle Sickle Cell community blood drive on Saturday, February 18 to combat ongoing blood shortages and support individuals who are battling sickle cell disease.

The 10th Annual Tackle Sickle Cell Blood Drive takes place in RWJUH’s Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Members of the media are invited to attend.

To register, visit www.McCourtyTwins.com/TackleSickleCell or call 732-235-8100.

All donors, 17 years and older must weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. 16-year-old donors must provide written parental consent, weigh a minimum of 120 pounds and be in good health.

To obtain a consent form or for questions about medical eligibility, please e-mail DonorSupport@RWJUH.edu. Donors are reminded to bring a photo ID, eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donation. Masks are required at all times while on the hospital grounds.

Former Rutgers football stars Devin and Jason McCourty invite you to support their Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign by donating blood, increasing awareness, and raising funds. Devin and Jason McCourty were football standouts at Rutgers University before moving on to the NFL. Devin recently completed his 12th season with the New England Patriots. Jason retired after 13 seasons and now hosts Good Morning Football on the NFL Network.

The McCourty Twins have generously supported the campaign and given their time to promote and attend the blood drives, visiting with donors, fans, patients while donating blood themselves.

Jerold and EdSince the blood drive’s inception, 1,700 units of blood have been collected positively impacting the lives of as many as 2,500 patients! The blood drive has traditionally been held in February to address seasonal blood shortages and is also held as part of RWJUH’s Black History Month activities to raise awareness about the need for specific and unique blood type donations that can support diverse patient populations.

“Embrace Kids is proud to partner with Tackle Sickle Cell and RWJUH to raise awareness about this disease and encourage individuals to donate much-needed blood and blood products,” said Armaan Saxena, Executive Director of the Embrace Kids Foundation. “Embrace Kids has a long and proud history of supporting critical programs and services offered at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH for many years. Supporting Tackle Sickle Cell aligns perfectly with this mission and we are deeply gratified to have a positive impact on so many lives through this blood drive over the past 10 years.”

One in 500 African Americans and 1 in 1,400 Latinos are born with Sickle Cell Disease. It also affects people of Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Mediterranean descent.

All presenting donors receive a commemorative Tackle Sickle Cell t-shirt and refreshments courtesy of Jersey Mike’s.

Everyone who registers through the website and presents to donate will receive a $10 gift card to Hansel n’ Griddle (not transferable for cash).

About Embrace Kids Foundation

Embrace Kids Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, exists to help families whose children have cancer, sickle cell disease or other blood disorders. Each year, Embrace Kids provides over $1 million in services to children and families throughout the greater New Jersey area at absolutely no cost to these families. For more info, please visit www.EmbraceKids.org.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), a 614-bed RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is New Jersey’s largest academic medical center through its deep partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. RWJUH is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its other Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

Blood Drive Flyer 2023

For information contact:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: Peter Haigney
Office: 732-937-8568; Cell: 908-227-9317