- SCD is the most common genetic blood disorder in the U.S., affecting 70,000-100,000 Americans (Cystic Fibrosis affects about 30,000)
- SCD occurs in 1/500 African American births
- SCD occurs in 1/1000 Hispanic births in the U.S.
- Children with SCD are 200 to 400 times more likely to have a stroke
- Highest risk for stroke for a child with SCD is between ages 2 and 7
- Individuals with SCD often need regular blood transfusions
Overview of Sickle Cell Disease and its Effect on Life
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic red blood cell disorder where the cells become sickle shaped, hard and sticky. When these cells go through the small blood tubes in the body, they block passageways and break apart, causing serious pain and damage.
Barriers to Treatment
- Attempting to provide relief during a “pain crisis”
- Access to treatment and availability of centers
- Insurance coverage for medical visits and prescriptions
- Lack of infusion centers to treat patients
William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund ensures money raised stays local, helping sufferers and their families in Maryland and Delaware.
Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children:
The Sickle Cell Center for Adults at Johns Hopkins:
- INVITE A SPEAKER to address your group, school or company
- ORGANIZE A BLOOD DRIVE to help people with sickle cell disease
- DISPLAY AN AWARENESS POSTER in your school or at work
- CONTACT US for details
P.O. Box 42411
Baltimore, MD 21284