May 27, 2015

Dr. Gladys Robinson - Why I #StepUp4Sickle

by Lauren Bailey

Dr. Gladys Robinson has been an advocate for sickle cell awareness for 33 years. She serves as the Deputy Minority Leader of the NC Senate, Executive Director for Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, and has also chaired the North Carolina Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome for 12 years. 

In fact, Gladys was the chair of the Council on Sickle Cell when the state initiated mandatory newborn sickle cell screening. 

“I know very well the importance of having African Americans who donate blood,” said Gladys. “Daily we see people who need blood transfusions and your donation only costs a little time."

When she found out about the Carolinas Sickle Cell Collaborative, Gladys knew that Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, which expanded to Charlotte from Greensboro two years ago, needed to be involved.

“I think the importance of the Collaborative is letting people know we can make contributions to support individuals with sickle cell disease,” said Gladys. “You can make a contribution that is life-saving – making a blood donation to support individuals with sickle cell disease is a very important and critical donation.”

While Gladys doesn’t have any immediate family with sickle cell, she knows hundreds of people who do and has worked hard for years to create a better tomorrow for those living with this genetic disease.  The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas thanks Dr. Robinson for her tireless efforts to make a lasting difference in our community.

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