PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

The American Red Cross is hoping to increase compatible blood donations.

The nonprofit has launched Joined by Blood, a program aimed at improving the health outcomes of those with Sickle Cell disease through community-based partnerships.

AM Extra was joined by Marisa Wyckoff from the Red Cross Cascades region to discuss the new program.

Visit the American Red Cross website for more information.

Watch the full interview in the player above.