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
The Board of Directors and staff of The Sickle Cell Foundation would like to thank our Honorary Walk Chairman, Chief Charles Gordon, Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service for his continued support of our annual Sickle Cell Walk. We also want to thank all of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and registrants for supporting and participating in our successful 19th Annual Sickle Cell Walk.
- Sharon B. Lewis
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