WHAT IS SICKLE CELL DISEASE?

The CDC defines sickle cell disease (SCD) as a group of inherited red blood disorders.

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 red blood cells become hard and sticky and like look a C-shaped farm tool called a "sickle". The sickle cells die early, which causes 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 problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome, and stroke.

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/facts.html

about The Sickle Cell Family Association (TSCFA)

The Sickle Cell Family Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening the awareness of SCD and to being a source of support and extension of family to those not only living with sickle cell but also their support systems whether they be your caretakers, parents, and or friends as we continue the journey to fight for a cure.

Established April 2019,

The Sickle Cell Family Association (TSCFA)

has set our goals and visions on the education of the community about Sickle Cell Disease

and following along with updates on the progression of treatments for SCD.

Living and surviving with SCD is no easy task, and our warriors and their families deal with it

on a daily basis with strength and preservation.