National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Sickle Cell affects more than 100,000 Americans. And this month is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. It is the result of a 1983 resolution initiated by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and its member organizations. The Foundation For Sickle Cell Disease Research reports that every year, 1 in 400 African American babies and 1 in 36,000 Hispanic babies are born with sickle cell disease, which is an inherited red blood cell condition. More than 50,000 Alabamians are living with the disorder. There are 2.5 million carriers for sickle cell disease in the U.S. Most are unaware of their carrier


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