Michael Piquion, a shy 13-year-old with a soft smile and eyes that dart timidly away from strangers, sits in a Jackson Memorial Hospital room with walls decorated in pastels, polka dots, and Rugrats characters. With his left hand, he curls a crimson cord connected to a plastic bag overhead that contains a pint of the blood... More >>>
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Bags of red blood cells, top left, await shipment to hospitals. Above right, sickle cell anemia sufferer Michael Piquion (center) relies on regular transfusions and finds support from his family, including mom Daniella, on his left. Below, the head of Community Blood Centers, Dr. Charles Rouault, gives blood.