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 2022 theme is Sickle Cell Matters 2022. 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 some of our 2022 events and initiatives below!
Show Love, Give Blood for National Sickle Cell Awareness Month 2022
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 register for the virtual blood drive!
Chat With Us During Our Twitter Parties
Join us on Twitter 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. Dates and themes are below (all events will be held between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. EST):
- September 19: Advocacy & Awareness
- September 21: Mental Health & Sickle Cell
- September 23: Pharma Initiatives & Advances in Finding a Universal Cure
Attend an Event
SCDAA member organizations across the country are hosting events to bring our community together. Click here for a full list of events and find one near you!
Learn Something New During Sickle Cell Trivia
Visit our social media pages on Fridays for a sickle cell-themed trivia question. Make a guess and learn something new every week this month!
Tools for Sickle Cell Awareness Month You Don’t Want to Miss!
Looking to learn more about sickle cell this month? Check out these helpful links and resources to guide you. Learn more.
- SCDC National Sickle Cell Awareness Month 2022 Archive
- oneSCDvoice Sickle Cell Awareness Month Resources