Celebrate World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that disproportionately affects individuals of African descent yet remains widely misunderstood and underrepresented in public discourse. With over 100,000 people in the United States affected by sickle cell disease and millions more carrying the sickle cell trait, the need for improved access to care and research advancements is critical. Individuals with sickle cell disease often face numerous health complications, including stroke, acute chest pain, and chronic organ damage, leading to a significantly reduced life expectancy compared to the general population. Despite these challenges, there is currently no universal cure.

We invite you to join us and others around the nation and across the globe today to shine light on sickle cell disease today on World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Together, we must and will find a universal cure for this sickle cell disease.