Sickle Cell Awareness
I Slay Sickle Cell Foundation is dedicated to promoting unity and outreach within our communities, as well as for the purpose of empowering, uplifting and educating men, women, and children living with (SCD) Sickle Cell Disease.
What is Sickle Cell Disease & how does it effect the body?
Sickle Cell anemia is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that causes the hemoglobin protein (created inside of red blood cells) to form stiff rods within the red blood cells distorting them into a crescent (sickle) shape.
Healthy red blood cells are circular, flexible cells that carry the hemoglobin protein. Hemoglobin gives blood the red color and is responsible for moving oxygen throughout the body.
Due to lack of oxygen Sickle Cell stunts the lifespan of red blood cells (rbc) causing a shortage of healthy rbc in the body. Since the sickle cells are sharp and stiff, they block the flow of blood causing pain better known as a sickle cell crisis
What can I do to raise awareness?
Donate to sickle cell research, wear awareness merch, & spread information.
How is Sickle Cell inherited?
SCD is inherited when both parents have either SCD or the SC trait. If one parent has the SCD it is still possible to pass the trait onto the child.
When was Sickle Cell discovered?
The first medical case was recorded in the early 1900s in Chicago when a dental student sought medical attention for anemia.
Who does Sickle Cell predominately affect?
It predominantly affects West Africans and African American descendants from the region as well as Southeastern asians, & Mediterranean people.
How is Sickle Cell treated?
A cure is still in early stages and very exclusive for those ineligible Blood transfusions, organ removal, & medications.
Where can I get tested for the Sickle Cell trait?
If you have a primary care provider you can request a blood test, your local health dept may also offer the test.