Sickle Cell Awareness
What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the hemoglobin is abnormal, which causes the red blood cells to become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle.” The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious complications (health problems) such as infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.
Caregivers Supporting Sickle Cell Warriors
Furthering Fathering is "all in" in supporting our sickle cell warriors and the caregivers that stand at the ready to put a smile on their face at all times. Especially our dads and male family members and friends who have witnessed the resilience of each sickle cell warrior and willing to walk alongside their journey in support of them bouncing back again and again.
We are already in the planning stages for supporting Si'Yana's 2nd blood drive to be help in McDonough, Ga during September 2023 with Life South Blood Center. We are looking for additional community partners and sponsors to make it a fun filled day with purpose of supporting those affected with sickle cell disease and to raise awareness.