Southwest Atlanta-based Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia has announced plans to raise $50,000 through the statewide “GAGives on #GivingTuesday” community movement on Dec. 1. 

The advocacy group hopes to use the funds to support and expand our programs and services to improve health outcomes and the quality of life for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD) and their families.

“For half a century, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia has been committed to helping the many thousands of Georgians who suffer from sickle cell disease and to ultimately finding a cure for this painful disease,” said Deb McGhee McCrary, the foundation’s president and CEO. “I am encouraged that this campaign will help raise the funds needed to expand our critical healthcare and outreach programs that so many patients depend upon.”

Being a part of the “GAGives on #GivingTuesday” community movement also provides the opportunity to share the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia story with a wider audience to gain followers while at the same time generating support for our missions, McCrary explained.

Sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 mostly African Americans. It occurs among about 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American births. About 1 in 13 Black or African-American babies are born with the sickle cell trait. 

Sickle cell is an inherited red blood cell disorder that disproportionately affects African Americans and persons of color.  Sickle cell disease can cause tremendous pain, organ damage, stroke, and death from other complications. 

Georgia has one of the largest U.S. sickle cell populations led by Fulton and DeKalb. Today, more than 10,000 residents suffer from sickle cell disease in Georgia alone.

The foundation is the only community-based organization providing sickle cell education, sickle cell testing, counseling, and transition services throughout the state of Georgia, which has the fourth-largest sickle cell patient population in the nation.   

The foundation works daily with the state of Georgia, medical facilities and personnel, sickle cell support groups, physicians, nurses, clinics, social workers, volunteers, and other organizations to deliver and to help facilitate client services such as housing, food assistance, and purchasing much-needed medications and medical supplies.

Funds the foundation raises are used for services such as health screenings for the sickle cell trait. Individuals with the trait usually don’t have sickle-cell disease symptoms, but they can pass the trait on to their children. 

Located at 2391 Benjamin E. Mays Drive in Southwest Atlanta, the foundation performs its work from the heart of the community it serves. Other assets include a Mobile Laboratory, a licensed clinical laboratory, statewide reach, and a sterling reputation.

“We ask every Georgian to help us in continuing our mission to engage, educate, and energize the community to improve the quality of life for people affected by sickle cell disease,” McCrary appealed. “With your generous contribution, no matter how large or small, together we can make a difference in so many lives. Whether you have $5, 10, $100, or $10,000 to give, it all adds up!

“We ask that you continue your support of our work at the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia starting Black Friday, Nov. 27 through Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, as part of GAGives on #Giving Tuesday at www.gagives.org/organization/Sickle-Cell-Foundation-Of-Georgia.”

 

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