World Sickle Cell Day is June 19th

World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD) is celebrated on June 19th of each year. It was created by the United Nations by resolution and it is recognized globally.

Sickle-cell anaemia is one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases, that it has severe physical, psychological and social consequences for those affected and their families, and that in its homozygote form (an organism with identical pairs of genes) it is one of the most lethal genetic diseases.

The main emphasis of WSCD is to educate medical professionals, care givers, and associated personnel about prevention, research, and resources to minimize the complications due to sickle cell disease. June 19th is devoted mainly to raising awareness through talks, seminars, pamphlets, literature and consultations.

Show your support of World Sickle Cell Day by attending the Los Angeles Cell-a-bration on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the 2nd AME Church, 5500 South Hoover, Los Angeles CA 90037 from 10am-2pm. Learn the importance of being as healthy as you can be. For those guests who do not have Sickle Cell Disease or the Trait, you can help to assist the Sickle Cell Community by donating blood for those on transfusion therapy and by becoming a marrow donor.

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