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Dive Right In and Get to Work: Sickle Cell Awareness Never Ends

April 20, 2015 by Andrea

 

Photo: Markus Spiske / raumrot.com / CC-BY 2.0

Photo: Markus Spiske / raumrot.com / CC-BY 2.0


Sickle Cell Advocacy Day may be over, but there's plenty more to do after leaving Capitol Hill. Take a peek at what some people have been up to post-Advocacy Day and let their work continue to inspire and motivate you. Then, dive in and get to work!

1. On Sunday, April 19, 2015, T-Boz took the stage at a sickle cell awareness concert called "T-Boz and Friends Unplugged Featuring Raphael Saadiq." Held at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, this charity concert also had performances by Faith Evans, Kat Graham, and others. Funds raised by ticket sales will go to the Sickle Cell Foundation Support Group. 

2. Bethune-Cookman University has collaborated with Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida to offer FREE bi-monthly sickle cell screenings at Odessa Chambliss Health Center. 

3. A former schoolteacher, Tiffany Dews of Richmand, Virginia, has entered a new line of work -- one that helps heal and raise awareness for SCD, which both of her sons have. Now employed by Virginia Blood Services, Tiffany spends her days assisting with blood donations, doing lab work, and going out into the community to recruit more African-American donors, specifically for sickle cell disease patients. 

4. Another film about sickle cell disease is now in post production; this time, it's a documentary. Entitled Spilled Milk, this doc follows the life of Omar Beach (a longtime friend of the filmmaker) and his experiences living with sickle cell. 

What events, community activities, etc. will you be involved in this year? Share the sickle cell work you do (or plan to do) in the comments below!


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