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Cast Your Vote for the New National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Ribbon!

In 2011 SCDAA President and Chief Operating Officer, Sonja L. Banks, attended a meeting facilitated by the late Phyllis Thomas, Founder and President of the SCD Soldier Network. Over 55 patients, advocates and community leaders broached the idea for a national sickle cell ribbon. During that meeting, approximately twelve ribbon designs were suggested. After researching current organizational ribbons and speaking with various graphic designers the scope was narrowed down to seven ribbon options.   In May of this year the SCDAA Public Relations Committee comprised of board members, advocates and patients recommended to its Board of Directors four ribbon choices out of the seven! 

We are now ready for you to choose! Help us make the final decision on the new Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Ribbon!

“I am absolutely elated to present this to the public. This is for everyone and not just for SCDAA”, says Banks. SCDAA sincerely thanks the SCD Soldier Network and participants of the meeting in 2011 for their valued input. This has been truly a long process, but because of you, we are one step closer to acquiring a national sickle cell disease ribbon. Your efforts were not in vain. 

Upon completion of the vote, SCDAA will announce the results in August just in time for Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The ribbons will then be made available through the national web store, SCDAA member organizations and any other organizations wishing to carry the ribbon.

The national ribbon is intended to represent sickle cell disease nationally and will be circulated through all national nonprofit outlets to establish its national presence. 
For more information or questions please contact James Durrah, Media Specialist at

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