September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, designated by Congress to help focus attention on the need for research and treatment of sickle cell disease. Read the President’s Proclamation here.
SCDAA’s 2023 theme is Sickle Cell Matters 2023. View our Awareness Month Flyer & Facts Sheet.
We encourage everyone to be a part of this annual effort to increase awareness about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait during the month of September. Individuals and organizations can join our efforts to bring attention to sickle cell disease by engaging elected officials for proclamations, hosting awareness events, distributing educational information to dispel the myths about sickle cell disease, and lighting public spaces, buildings and landmarks red! Check out what we have in store for 2023.
#MoveForSickleCell During Walk with the Stars
Walk with the Stars is being held on Sept. 16 this year at Rash Field in Baltimore, Maryland! We encourage you to join us in person or participate in our virtual fundraising campaign. Learn more.
Show Love, Give Blood for National Sickle Cell Awareness Month 2023
Again this year, we invite you to join us for a virtual blood drive to support sickle cell warriors. Did you know that blood transfusions are one of the most critical treatments for sickle cell patients, but less than 10% of Americans donate blood? Did you know that sickle cell patients benefit most from blood transfusions from people of the same race or similar ethnicity, but only five percent of blood donors are of African ancestry? Help us make a difference for SCD patients by pledging to donate blood this month. Click here to participate.
Chat With Us During Our Social Parties
Join us on X on September 18, 2o and 22 as we partner with advocacy, corporate and federal organizations to share victories and exciting information about the latest happenings in the sickle cell community. Together, we will use this time to learn and celebrate with others across the country.
Attend an Event
Every year, SCDAA member organizations across the country host events to bring our community together. Click here to browse our events list.
Learn Something New During Sickle Cell Trivia
Visit our social media pages on Fridays during September for a sickle cell-themed trivia question. Make a guess and learn something new every week this month!