September is National Sickle Cell Month

ST. PETERSBURG — Sickle cell chapters around the globe have been busy planning activities to promote sickle cell awareness and education during the month of September.

This observance has helped to heighten the attention to increase research activities leading to better patient care and treatment.

Locally, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), St. Petersburg Chapter, Inc. a 501(c)3 was the first registered chapter in the state of Florida. It has developed and implemented a sickle cell program in the community for 37 years. The Association is governed by a board of directors under the leadership of Mary Murph, president and founder. It has been totally supported by community donations.

The association’s objectives are to promote, educate, develop, and improve public understanding of sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. Also to participate in activities designed to lend economic, psychological, social and emotional assistance to individuals and/or families affected by sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait.

Programs and services are provided by the Community Outreach Coordinator, Myron Mill, a certified sickle cell educator is available upon request to provide free sickle cell educational presentations to community groups, organizations, health professional, schools, etc. Programs available to sickle cell clients and families are family support group, scholarships, educational programs, genetic counseling, Christmas activities and gifts.

We are located in the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, 1344 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. You may contact us at 727-896-2355 or stpetesicklecell@verizon.com, website: www.sicklecellstpete.com.

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