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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Hosts Virtual Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol on February 23, 2022

Atlanta, Georgia – February 9, 2022 – Join the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. (SCFG) for Sickle Cell Day at the Georgia State Capitol, a virtual event via ZOOM, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

This day will provide an opportunity for state legislators to hear concerns and challenges from those affected by sickle cell disease (SCD) throughout the state of Georgia.

To register for the free event, visit https://sicklecellga.org/2022-sickle-cell-day-at-the-capitol/

“Advocacy is an important part of the work that we do,” said SCFG Executive Director Tabatha McGee. “It was through advocacy on the state level that in the 1970s, Georgia led the way in implementing testing of all newborns for sickle cell anemia and other abnormal hemoglobins. Those with sickle cell disease at the time were dying. Since then, there have been great medical advances but more needs to be done.”

Today, SCFG counselors follow up the state required testing with education, notification of test results, and meaningful counseling to parents of newborns.

During the virtual event, State Representative Gloria Frazier, (D) Hephzibah District 126; Representative Larry J. (Butch) Parrish, (R) Swainsboro District 158; Senator Lester G. Jackson III, MD, (D) Savannah District 2 will be honored for their leadership under the Gold Dome in funding public health initiatives throughout the state as well as for their support of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Today, over 14,000 Georgians suffer from sickle cell disease – the fourth-largest sickle cell population in the nation. There are 100,000 people, mostly African Americans, in the U.S. alone living with sickle cell disease. SCD does however affect people of other races or ethnicities. A genetic blood disorder, sickle cell occurs in about 1 out of every 365 Black births; and about 1 in 13 Black babies are born with sickle cell trait (SCT).

Register for Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol at https://sicklecellga.org/2022-sickle-cell-day-at-the-capitol/.


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