Partnering to bring help and hope to those in need
As the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, the American Red Cross mobilises the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors to prevent and alleviate human suffering. Part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, the organisation deploys experts and works with communities around the world to prepare for and respond to disasters like wildfires, floods and hurricanes, eliminate deadly diseases like measles and rubella, and reunite families separated by crises, among many other services.
On average, the Red Cross provides relief to 1 in 65 people around the world each year. With no shortage of disasters – from extreme weather due to the climate crisis to single family home fires – the Red Cross lifesaving mission is more important than ever.
"Every day, people across the country and around the world turn to the Red Cross for help in the face of emergencies," said Koby Langley, senior vice president, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services for the American Red Cross. "This has never been more true as disasters continue to increase in frequency and intensity on a global scale due to the climate crisis. We are deeply grateful for generous and forward-thinking partners like Stryker, which power us with the critical resources necessary to prepare for and respond to the continuous needs created by climate disasters."
Meeting the blood donation needs of patients, families and communities
Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. And when the Red Cross says there is a constant need for blood, it's not an exaggeration. Somewhere, there's a mother waiting on the donation that will save her son's life. There's a woman with sickle cell disease waiting for a blood transfusion, or a young athlete who has sustained a traumatic injury and needs blood as soon as possible. The Red Cross works to have lifesaving blood available whenever and wherever it's needed – and Stryker is helping to make that happen.
The Red Cross is responsible for supplying about 40% of the nation's blood, directly impacting Stryker's customers and their patients. It relies on organisations and individuals to help maintain the nation's blood supply, because the need never ends.
In addition to our signature partnership, Stryker provides employees with opportunities to step up and serve. Many of our divisions and employee resource groups have organised local blood drives in the past year, including a larger, cross-country effort this past January.
For all these humanitarian needs, Stryker is proud to stand by the Red Cross as our signature partner, both globally and locally, amplifying its mission through financial and volunteer support.
Donating blood for patients facing sickle cell disease
In the US, more than 100,000 people – primarily those of African descent – have sickle cell disease and may require regular blood transfusions throughout their lifetime.1 Sickle cell disease distorts red blood cells, which may lead to severe pain, tissue and organ damage, anaemia and even strokes. Frequent transfusions may result in an immune response from donors who are not closely matched to the blood of the recipient, but one in three Black American blood donors are a match for people with sickle cell disease. The Red Cross recently launched a new national initiative to reach more blood donors who are Black to help improve health outcomes, and Stryker is supporting the effort.
Stryker's African Ancestry Network (SAAN) is an employee resource group formed by Stryker employees who aspire to drive diversity, equity and inclusion, making Stryker a career destination for Black employees. For Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day – also a National Day of Service – SAAN organised multiple local blood drives that members could attend.
"It was encouraging to be able to provide an opportunity for members at each Stryker location," said Jordan Merritt, Marketing Communications Manager at Stryker and the Communications Lead for SAAN. "Whether it was San Jose, Dallas, Kalamazoo, Mahwah, Memphis or another location, employees used their extra time for good, helping people in need."
Employees in Freiburg prepare for a local blood drive.
It's the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency. Stryker is honoured to partner with the Red Cross and support blood drives in local communities across the nation.
There are many ways you, too, can support the Red Cross
1. NIH "What Is Sickle Cell Disease?" https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/sickle-cell-disease. Accessed June 2023.