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  1. T-Boz Throws Holiday Concert to Benefit Sickle Cell Disease

    November 16, 2015 by Andrea
    Photo: Facebook/Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins

    Photo: Facebook/Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins

    'Tis the season for giving -- and what better way to contribute to a cause that you're passionate about than by attending a holiday benefit concert thrown by T-Boz, the ultimate celebrity sickle cell activist? A warrior herself, T-Boz truly understands the needs of those living with SCD and plans to donate the money raised from ticket sales to the Sickle Cell Foundation Support Group.

    The concert, "T-Boz Unplugged," will be held on Sunday, December 6 at the Avalon in Hollywood, California and will feature T-Boz (of course), Da Brat, SWV, Kat Graham, and Kiana Brown, and will be hosted by Zendaya. And don't worry if your budget won't allow for a cross-country flight: You can also purchase access to the live stream here as it gets closer to the event.

    We've talked a lot about how to host your own fundraising event for sickle cell lately, but we know that not everyone who's down for the cause leads any official organizations or has the means and the manpower to plan a program. Purchasing tickets to this show is the perfect alternative.

    Do you plan to get tickets? How else will you be raising money and/or awareness for sickle cell this season? Tell us in the comments below!

  2. 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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