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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Show your support on World Sickle Cell Awareness Day - help spread awareness and raise funds to fight against this debilitating disease!
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Celebrate World Sickle Cell Awareness Day on June 19 and join the global fight against this debilitating genetic disorder! This day is an annual reminder of the importance of raising awareness about sickle cell disease and its effects on individuals, families, and communities around the world. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about sickle cell disease, how it's diagnosed and treated, and how we can support those affected by it. So let’s come together on June 19th to show our solidarity in the fight against sickle cell disease!

History of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Dates

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1910</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sickle Cell Disease Identified</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dr. James B. Herrick, an American physician, became the first to identify sickle cell disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1949</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Genetic Basis Confirmed</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dr. Linus Pauling and associates confirmed sickle cell disease as a genetic condition, caused by the inheritance of a mutated gene from both parents.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1972</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Screening Program Initiated</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S initiated a universal newborn screening program for sickle cell disease, becoming the first country worldwide to do so.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hydroxyurea Approved</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Hydroxyurea for adults with severe sickle cell disease – the first effective drug treatment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations General Assembly recognized sickle cell disease as a public health problem and "one of the world's foremost genetic diseases". This led to the establishment of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a sickle cell awareness event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local event that is aimed at raising awareness of sickle cell disease and attend.  You can learn about the condition, meet other people affected by it, and support this important cause.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to do your own research and learn more about sickle cell disease. Visit websites like the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to learn more about the condition and how it affects people.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a sickle cell charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donating money or time to a charity that supports people living with sickle cell disease is a great way to show your support. Research organizations that provide services such as financial assistance, counseling, and education.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread the word</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Raise awareness of sickle cell disease by talking to friends, family and colleagues about it.  You can also use social media to spread the message. Post links to reputable websites or use hashtags such as #SickleCellAwarenessDay.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local organization that supports people living with sickle cell disease and volunteer your time.  There are many ways you can help, from being an advocate for patients in hospitals to helping with fundraisers and events.</p></div></div>

Why World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raise awareness about sickle cell disease</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Sickle Cell Awareness Day serves as a platform to raise awareness of this devastating disease. It's important to spread the word about the prevalence and severity of this condition, so that people can become educated on how best to prevent, treat and manage it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourage research & development</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By recognizing World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, we are encouraging further research into this condition in the hopes of eventually finding new treatments and cures. We need to support the medical professionals and scientists that are working tirelessly to combat this horrific disease.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Recognize those affected by sickle cell</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Every year, countless individuals are impacted by sickle cell disease. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize their courage and resilience, and to show them our support during this difficult journey. It is also a chance to thank the many caregivers who are supporting those affected by the condition each and every day.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts About Sickle Cell Disease

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sickle Cell Disease Affects Millions Around the World</h3><p class='facts-content'>It's estimated that Sickle Cell Disease affects approximately 20-25 million people globally, particularly those of Sub-Saharan African descent, but it also affects people of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Asian backgrounds.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Children Are Greatly Affected</h3><p class='facts-content'>Approximately 300,000 infants are born with Sickle Cell Disease each year. Unfortunately, in low income countries, as many as 50-80% of infants born with the disease may not survive past their fifth birthday.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sickle Cell Trait Can Provide Malaria Protection</h3><p class='facts-content'>Interestingly, individuals who carry one mutated gene (Sickle Cell Trait) have a protective advantage against malaria, a disease that remains a huge health burden in several parts of the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sickle Cell Crisis Can Be Triggered by Various Factors</h3><p class='facts-content'>A sickle cell crisis, marked by episodes of pain, can be triggered by various factors ranging from high altitude and dehydration to stress and high physical activity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Advancements in Managing Sickle Cell Disease</h3><p class='facts-content'>Over the years, significant progress has been made in managing Sickle Cell Disease. Comprehensive care plans, new drug therapies and even bone marrow transplants have proven effective in many cases.</p></div></div>

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day FAQs

When is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day?

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is celebrated on June 19 every year. In 2024 World Sickle Cell Awareness Day will occur on a Wednesday.

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Dates

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Day

2023

Jun 19

Monday

2024

Jun 19

Wednesday

2025

Jun 19

Thursday

2026

Jun 19

Friday

2027

Jun 19

Saturday

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