Those many days among which  of month June 2014 is still new of and recall everyday when my body was filled with pain, my bones felt very weak, my chest felt so hard to breath, not even my back could support me to sit when my legs could not bear the ground to stand for a crisis had hit it highest peak.

All the morphine, tramadol,  just to lean on for a moment of rest from pain for anything could seem to handle the pain, with tears form morning to evening with the oxygen tubes in my my nose the HB which was at 9 on reaching hospital gets to 6 in just three days.

Thank God that unit of blood donated by some one saved my life, reduced my pain, gave me hope to fight, gave me strength to go gone, brought back joy in my family that had gone, gave me new breath.

Just as always some bad days come our way sometimes even one unit needed a times is in vain, this means staying in hospital for so many days, as you think of the hospital bills, time and waiting for that unit that can not either give up and go home to try the natural ways or going back to hospital in a more worse condition than before.

Grateful and thank full for all the blood donors who have always saved my life and all those who need of blood, calling upon more people that can to donate blood for we always need it. for blood donation is a life investment which is worth making.

Key Entry Rules

  1. You must be someone with Sickle Cell Disease or have some strong connection with SCD through kinship, friendship or caring responsibility.
  2. Your story – which must be true and should include some aspect of the importance of blood in the narrative – must be between 200–2,000 words.
  3. We expect most entries to come from Africa, but where you live is less important than the story you have to share.
  4. Stories must be submitted by the contest deadline of 30 September 2016.
  5. Photographs and other media can be included and are very much encouraged.
  6. First, second and third place winners will be awarded a monetary prize of $500/$350/$250 respectively. There will also be two special $125 prizes for standout young contestant (under 16) and standout health care professional, if not represented among the overall winners.

Story Criteria

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Past Winners