Our mission

Did you know?

*Sickle Cell Disease is inherited.

*If both parents have sickle cell trait, with each pregnancy, there is a 25% chance your child will be born with Sickle Cell Disease.

*A simple, painless blood test can tell if you have Sickle Cell Trait.

Our clients come from all walks of life. Anyone that has sickle cell disease and lives in South Pinellas county can join the St. Petersburg Chapter. If you live outside of the area, contact our office and we will find the nearest chapter for you.

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UPCOMING EVENT

SICKLE CELL

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

DATE AND TIME TBD

Christmas Luncheon is planned for Sickle Cell Families ONLY. Contact Office 727-896-2355 with number of household family members attending

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Our Clients

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization we strive to provide current, accurate information your family can depend on. Our mission is:

  • To educate and improve public understanding of Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait.
  • To enhance the quality of life for individuals affected with Sickle Cell Disease, and facilitate activities to lend economic, psychological, and social support.

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited condition that affects the red blood cells.  It is characterizeed by the red blood cells becoming sickle shaped and stiff.  Sickle cells are fragile and break up easier than the body can replace them.  Persons with this disease experience periodic pain (pain crisis) and other health related problems.

Research has shown that sickle cell disease is a global health problem.  In America, about one in ten African-Americans and one in two hundred Caucasians have Sickle Cell Trait.

A person who has Sickle Cell Disease can be a victim of what is known as a sickle cell pain episode (crisis).  When a large number of sickle cells damage and plug blood vessels, it is difficult or impossible for the blood to circulate normally.  This causes severe pain in any part of the body.