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Kendra Hogenson: Beating the Odds of Sickle Cell Disease

Federal Way Donor Center volunteer Kendra Hogenson knows better than most the importance of blood donation. Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease not long after her birth over 50 years ago, she started having strokes at age 12 and required blood exchange transfusions for 32 years. “They gave me a quality of life I never thought I’d have,” she said. Kendra volunteers three days each week at the Federal Way Center, passing out snacks and drinks in the canteen.

She takes great joy in meeting and chatting with the donors she credits with helping her beat the odds of Sickle Cell Disease, which predominantly affects African-Americans like herself. “I love it,” she said with her smile that’s become a staple of the Federal Way Center, “and I should have done it sooner.”

Volunteering for Bloodworks is a great way to meet donors and support our lifesaving mission. To learn more and submit a volunteer application, visit the volunteer page on our website.  

March 18, 2022 2:11PM

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