We’re glad you have come to visit us on our website. Thank you for wanting to learn about the many services, special projects, programs and activities of The Sickle Cell Foundation. If you would like to make a donation in order for us to continue our work, please make your online tax deductible donation via the PayPal link below. Don't forget to register for a Alabama Sickle Cell Motor Vehicle Tag. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twiiter. Thanks so much,
Sharon B. Lewis, BS, MHHA
Rickey Smiley, the 2017 Sickle Cell Gala host and syndicated comedian, delivers an emotional concluding speech about his family’s ties to the incurable disease and the importance of finding a cure. (Reginald Allen, special to The Times) Read more HERE
SAVE THE DATE
The 19th Annual Sickle Cell Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Linn Park located at 710 – 20th Street North in Birmingham, AL 35203. Join us for family fun, exercise and entertainment while we raise funds for a worthy cause. Our goal is to raise as much as possible and elevate sickle cell awareness. Chief Charles Gordon of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service returns as our Honorary Chairman for the event. Donation is $25.00 per adult and $15.00 per youth age 18 and under.
The term sickle cell disease (SCD) describes a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People with SCD have abnormal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, in their red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. The most common type is known as sickle-cell anaemia. It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin found in red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle-like shape under certain circumstances. Problems in sickle cell disease typically begin around 5 to 6 months of age. A number of health problems may develop, such as attacks of pain, anemia, bacterial infections, and stroke. Long term pain may develop as people get older. Learn more about sickle cell HERE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR 2017-2018 SICKLE CELL GALA CO-CHAIRS, MONICA WHITING & JASON EPPENGER:
We would like to thank everyone for their support of the Sickle Cell Foundation’s fundraiser gala this year. We enjoyed an evening of entertainment from local celebrities, as well as a Motown-themed talent competition, hosted by the hilarious Rickey Smiley, who has already committed to hosting the 2018 gala! Because of your support, we are able to continue to provide much needed services and support to our clients and their families who suffer with Sickle Cell disease.
We have committed to serving as 2018 gala co-chairs. So please be on the lookout for opportunities you can serve with us throughout the year, in this very worthy cause. Thank you for joining us on Saturday, February 11, 2017 and thank you, in advance, for all you will do to continue to support the Sickle Cell Foundation of Central Alabama.
Stay tuned for additional updates from us!
Reminder: Photos taken at the Gala are available for purchase at Hal Yeager's website.