On the final day of 2020 — a year like no other — we’re reflecting on some of the important lessons we learned over the last 12 months.
It’s hard to believe that after this weekend, we’ll only have two months left in 2020. While this year has been one of unprecedented challenges, it’s also presented new opportunities for the sickle cell disease (SCD) community. In these final 60 days, we’re focusing on finishing strong and hope you can find the motivation to do so, as well.
A Sickle Cell Awareness Month to Remember! Team Sick Cells did a lot of planning for National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. We prepared content, social media posts and Instagram Lives with a goal to, as always, spread as much helpful information as possible on sickle cell disease (SCD)….
On Monday, September 14, we attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the First Lady of the United States to mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month and discuss the challenges that our community continues to face. We learned that this type of meeting happens once in a lifetime and were honored to represent the SCD community while there.
Sick Cells is proud to continue our work with the Assistant Secretary of Health, Admiral Brett Giroir under the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. This work is driving change to advance the care and improve the quality of life for people with sickle cell disease. We will attend a historic roundtable discussion with the First Lady of the United States entitled, “Improving the Lives of Americans with Sickle Cell Disease.”
It is with a heavy heart that we formally announce the passing of our co-founder, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and teammate, Marqus Valentine. Marqus gained his warrior wings on Monday, June 22, after 36 years of so much life. Words cannot explain how incredibly devastating this news is for the Valentine family and all of those who knew and loved Marqus. This month, we’ll honor and remember our eternal angel.
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the globe, the health of our SCD community has been top-of-mind for Sick Cells. We’re encouraging everyone, as much as possible, to practice social distancing and to reach out to their healthcare professionals, families and friends for support during this unprecedented time. Staying physically apart might be challenging — but that’s when having virtual catch ups or phone calls can help you feel connected and stay in touch.