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SCFG, Inc. Welcome Aboard Reception

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. held their welcome reception at the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta in Midtown Atlanta.

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The Foundation’s two new Executive Board members, Attorney Gailya McElroy, Esq., the Honorable Shondeana Crews Morris and the Foundation new Chief Medical Director, Kevin Mason, M.D. were the honored guests.

Debra McGhee-McCrary, President and CEO, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. said she is “thrilled and excited to have new Board members Attorney McElroy and Judge Crews Morris on board.  And we are truly gladdened to have Dr. Kevin Mason on staff to serve as our newly appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Foundation.”

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Foundation Camp new Hope Camp Director, Jeanette Nu’Man spoke to the attendees about the Foundations upcoming six nights and five days overnight summer camp for children and teens living with the sickle cell disease. This is the Foundations 40th year hosting the annual summer program.  A medical team of doctors and board certified nurses will be on the camp grounds with the Foundation sickle cell campers and camp counselors for the duration of the summer program.

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A Positive attitude, dedication and hard work are only a few of the qualities Beverly Sinclair shared with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. everyday.  Congratulations to Beverly on her retirement and we thank her for her 30 years of service to helping patients and families affected by sickle cell disease.  


Annual Juneteenth Atlanta Festival and Parade

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The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. joined in the Juneteenth Atlanta Festival and Parade Saturday, June 17, 2017. 

Sickle Cell Foundation 2013-2015 Poster Child Little Miss. Jesseca Jai McNair wore a lovely tiara, rode in the car with WSBTV News Reporter Tom Jones and together they waved to parade goers as they helped to kick off the festivities. The parade began at Mozley Park in Southwest Atlanta and made its way down Martin Luther King Drive to historic HBCU, Morris Brown College.  Carrying the Foundation banner in front of the Sickle Cell Foundation celebrity car were Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Community Health Workers Natasha Cook and Prentice Griggs.

Parade organizers were excited to share their 2017 increased parade participation to over 40 parade entrants and nearly 600 parade contributors, as they each helped to make the 2017 Juneteenth parade a resounding success.

Following the Juneteenth parade, the family friendly festivities moved to the campus of Morris Brown College where there were dozens of vendors on hand selling African inspired attire, food, juice drinks and tee shirts.  Foundation staff and volunteers led by the Sickle Cell Youth Division team manned the Foundation booth at the event. The Foundation team working the booth shared sickle cell information and education to the booth visitors. The team also invited festival goers to visit the Foundation offices on Tuesday for lab testing.

The three day festival ended Sunday, June 18th.

Juneteenth is typically celebrated on June 19th. It is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

 


General Conference of Grand Courts, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection

12th Annual National Conference

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Seated: PRGPM Robbie R. Pillow, General Conference Royal Grand Perfect Matron and ICG LeBrone Roberts, General Conference Grand Chief Advisor, is standing

Congratulations to the General Conference of Grand Courts, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection on their 12th Annual National Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Airport, May 4-7.

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The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. (SCFG) were their honored guests. The Foundation was recognized for the hard work to educate, empower and energize the community to improve the quality of life to individuals affected by sickle cell disease. Accepting the award on behalf of the SCFG was Foundation Chief Medical Officer Kevin Mason, M.D.

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Chief Medical Officer Kevin Mason, M.D. accepts an award on behalf of Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Also receiving awards and recognition for their non-profit work were the Lupus Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

 The General Conference of Grand Courts Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, PHA, USA and Bahamas is a private non-profit organization chartered in 2006, as a national organization. The seven establishing jurisdictions were New York, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. The organization boasts sixteen jurisdictions established in states from coast to coast across America.img_8224

From left to right: RM Patricia B. Miller, Royal Grand Perfect Matron- Lillian E. Blake Grand Court, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, Jurisdiction of Georgia, PHA and SCFG IT staff member Sean Wilson

 

Attending the event and representing SCFG with Dr. Mason were Foundation IT staffer Sean Wilson, Camp Coordinator Kadeem Harrison, and Youth Services Division staff member Tayo Togba. 

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From left to right: Kadeem Harrison, Tayo Togba, Dr. Kevin Mason, and Sean Wilson


 

Living Well with Sickle Cell/Give Burns The Boot Cookout Thank You!

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The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. recently joined forces with the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation to give our resounding thank you to several metro Atlanta Fire Stations for their hard work and dedication to not only risking their lives with every emergency call, but also for their annual Boot Drive.

 

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At each Boot Drive, the Firefighters ask the public to place their monetary donations inside a large boot to support the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

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The April 22nd cookout at Fire Station 28 was to say thank you for their 2016 donations. Fire Chief Antonio Webb and his team grilled the meats and several staffers from the Sickle Cell Foundation and the Burn Foundation prepared the sides.   Sickle Cell Foundation CEO Deb McGhee-McCrary  was on hand to personally thank Chief Webb and his team.

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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia staff help prepare plates during the cookout

 

Also in attendance were Sickle Cell 2015-2017 Poster Child, Eliezer “Manny” Washington and his family.  Manny is living with sickle cell disease.  He is an active pre-teen who plays sports, he is on the honor roll, and lives with his 17 year old brother Gershom Jr. and parents in Metro Atlanta.

 

20170422_154205Chief Antonio Webb and his wife and daughter stand on each end as Sickle Cell Health Educator Beverly Sinclair and Burn Unit representative Venessa Walker join in.

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Burn Foundation staffers, a  firefighter,  and Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. representatives gather after enjoying their delicious meals at the cookout at

Fire Station #28.


 

Special Thanks to United Insurance Company of America

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Shown here are Sales Representative James Baxter and Donald Perry, Manager. Accepting on behalf of SCFG is Foundation Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, Maria White Tillman.

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is proud to accept a donation from our fellow Southwest Atlanta neighbors, United Insurance Company of America.   

The Foundation is looking forward to a long standing friendship and volunteer services from United Insurance Company of America, Cascade office.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Spare Change Drive

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From left to right: SCFG Operations Manager/ Camp Director Jeanette Nu’Man and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. member Karen Hughes

Long time Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. volunteer Karen Hughes presents to the Foundation, the results from Sigma Mu Zeta, Stone Mountain Georgia Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., “Spare Coins Drive”.

Accepting the donation on behalf of the Foundation is Operations Manager and Camp New Hope Director, Jeanette Nu’Man.  

Karen Hughes and several of her Sorors also served as volunteers for the Foundation’s 38th Annual Road Race/Walk held April 8th at Tri-Cities High School in East Point Georgia.  Ms. Hughes has donated her time as a Foundation volunteer for many years. In the recent past, has received the Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year award.


 

Special Thank You to the Mighty Men of Zion

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From left to right: SCFG CEO Deb McGhee McCray and Bill Wise, member of the Mighty Men of Zion Usher board

Thank you to the Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board from Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for your recent donation to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Your community service is greatly appreciated.

If you participated in our Annual Road Race/Walk, you may have seen the Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board volunteering their time and services by directing traffic and parking at our many parking lots surrounding Tri-Cities High School.


Mighty Men of Zion Celebrates “A Call to Service”

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The Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board at Zion Hill Baptist Church recently celebrated their Outreach Ministry Day, “A Call to Service”.  

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SCFG Community Health Worker M. Asabi Jeter speaking about the Mighty Men of Zion’s commitment to service

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. and many sickle cell patients from throughout the years, are grateful for the abundance of love, care, donations and service received from the Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board.  Sunday, March 19, 2017, Foundation Community Health Worker, M. Asabi Jeter addressed the Ministerial Staff, Church Elders and the Zion Hill Baptist Church congregation on behalf of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.  Ms. Jeter eloquently conveyed the Foundation’s heartfelt appreciation for the Zion Hill Usher Board ministry. 

For over a decade the Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board has donated dozens of Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas Stockings to Sickle Cell families in need. The men annually volunteer at Foundation events. William Wise, Mighty Men of Zion says, “The Board is comprised of young an older men. We are good guys who come from all walks of life and careers.”  Mr. Wise went on to say that community outreach is a priority and the men enjoy helping the Foundation any way that they can.

Zion Hill Baptist Church is located 6175 Campbellton Road, Atlanta Georgia 30331. Aaron Parker, PhD serves as their Senior Pastor.


SCFG Featured In South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine

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Make sure you check out the most recent issue of  South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine. The Foundation and two of our major events, Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol and the Southeastern Sickle Cell Symposium are featured along with highlights about each event.

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Read the entire issue here: https://issuu.com/lifestylepubs/docs/south_fulton_2017_3_print


🏆 We have a WINNER! 🏆

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The 2017 winner of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. 7k Run/4k Walk Road Race Tee-Shirt Design contest is Erika Torres.  The contest was centered at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta campus.

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Presenting to Erika her award and to her Professor Rick Lovell, Associate Chair of Illustration at SCAD, a Certificate of Appreciation for his assistance in helping the Sickle Cell Foundation see this project through, is Foundation Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, Maria White Tillman.

Before turning to Illustration, Erica says she used to be a logo designer. Currently she´s wrapping up her first Graduate quarter at SCAD, with a concentration in Illustration.  Her course, “Illustration Concepts and Composition”, taught by Professor Rick Lovell, is where Erika first learned of the Foundation competition.

Erika says her childhood and aspirations are “to learn and improve day by day,” in order to one day be able to work for the Walt Disney Company. Erika enjoys designing cartoonish characters and making comics in her free time. She has lived in Atlanta since the first of the year, and her hometown is Lima, Peru.


♥ Happy Valentine’s Day from SCFG! ♥ 

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On February 14th, our staff was treated to an assortment of goodies to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There were delicious, beautifully decorated cupcakes, tasty chocolate treats, and ice cream for everyone to enjoy!

We hope that your day was filled with much joy and tons of LOVE!


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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. staffers were on hand at the Augusta Technical College Wellness & Resource Health Fair in Augusta Georgia, February 7, 2017.  Foundation Community Health Care Workers (left to right) Ashley Catchings from Columbus Georgia and Kimberly Terry, from Augusta Georgia,  were on hand to share their wealth of knowledge about the many Foundation community based initiatives including Health Education, Get Connected, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and a host of other Foundation resources. Also attending the Wellness and Resource Health Fair was (not shown here) Jacquelyn George, Foundation Patient Services Manager & Certified Hemoglobinopathy Counselor from Atlanta Georgia. 


HATS OFF, JASMINE!

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Congratulations to Jasmine Matlock who recently received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Brenau University in December. She has accepted a position with Gwinnett Medical Center as Registered Nurse in their Emergency Center. Jasmine is passionate about helping others and nursing will help her realize that passion. Her passion is also demonstrated in her commitment to Camp New Hope. Jasmine was able to take her experience of growing up with sickle cell disease and attending camp as a youth to her work with Camp New Hope. Understanding the importance of balancing having fun and being in a safe environment, Jasmine has volunteered as a camp counselor, worked as an aide to medical staff, and has been a member of the Camp New Hope Planning Committee since its inception. She has also participated in activities for youth throughout the year while simultaneously attending to her studies. In addition to her work with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Jasmine volunteered with Kennesaw State University Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Committee while a student at Kennesaw State University.


Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol

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Foundation staff, advocates and supporters gathered at the Georgia Capitol to press lawmakers to hear their concerns for sickle cell awareness, funding and education. Nearly two dozen lawmakers shared their words of encouragement and updated patients, advocates and supporters on their individual fight to win the war on sickle cell disease.


The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Sunday, were special guests of the City of Roswell Roots and Unity Concert held at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in Roswell Georgia. The concert is held annually under the umbrella of the Festival of Black History and Culture.

Foundation Executive Board member Parnell Abraham spoke at the event on behalf of the Foundation. He challenged the audience to “shift their principals.” And to “be aware of sickle cell disease”.

Choirs sharing their melodic voices were the Emphatic Praise Inspirational Choir (EPIC), Pleasant Hill Church Choir, Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Survivors Choir, St. James United Methodist Church Choir and the host church choir, Zion Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir.  Jerome Huff, Principal of Roswell High School served as the program host.

The evening conclude with the combined church choirs leading the concert guests in the world-renowned Negro National Anthem.

The Festival of Black History and Culture runs January 23rd through February 28th.  You can more of their events at roswellroots.com.


All Smiles at our Annual Sponsors’ Reception
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Supporters and staff stand in front of the Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit. 

Elected officials, State Representatives and supporters of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. were on hand in the Blue Room at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the Foundation’s annual Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol Sponsors Reception.

Foundation CEO Debra McGhee-McCrary addressed our guests with heartfelt thanks and appreciation for their untiring support.  Also speaking and addressing our guests were Georgia Legislative Black Caucus President Senator Lester Jackson, Foundation Board President Attorney Charles Johnson and Foundation Director of Health and Clinical Services Dr. Milford Greene each spoke on sickle cell awareness and why our untiring work while there have been successes, we still has a long way to go.  Long time Foundation supporter, State Representative Gloria Frazier spoke on the war on sickle cell. She has rallied in support of sickle cell awareness and finding a cure since she was elected to the General Assembly in 2007.


Sickle Cell Advocacy Planning Day

Georgia Sickle Cell warriors and advocates, on Saturday January 21st, gathered at the Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park Hotel as they prepared for the upcoming January 25th Sickle Cell Day at the Georgia Capitol.

Patients, advocates, families and friends made posters and discussed the Georgia sickle cell legislative agenda. Dr. Lakiea Bailey, Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Community Consortium and  staff members from the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. answered sickle cell related questions, including questions regarding HB1 and questions regarding access to medical cannabis for Georgia sickle cell patients. All advocates, caregivers and champions were welcomed to food, fellowship and fun as everyone prepared to #ShowUp and #SpeakUp for #SCFG awareness!  


Happy New Year!

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The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. held our first staff meeting in the new year January 3, 2017.  We served Sparkling Apple Cider and shared a toast to good health, peace and blessings in 2017!

May 2017 Bring for You… 

Happiness and success,  filled with peace, good health and togetherness for you and your loved ones.
Here’s to an amazing 2017 from the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. and Camp New Hope!


Mighty Men of Zion Stuff Christmas Stockings!

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The Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board Ministry present a gift to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. as a token to help the Foundation continue its’ community service. Left to Right: Al Bynoe, Men of Zion, Kimberly Terry, Foundation Community Health Worker Augusta Georgia, Maria White Tillman, Foundation Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, Joe Sims, President Mighty Men of Zion usher Board and Solomon Walthour, Men of Zion Usher Board.

The Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board Ministry from Zion Hill Baptist Church in historic Southwest Atlanta, were Santa’s helpers this week as they prepared surprise Christmas stockings filled with fruit and toys for many sickle cell children who are both in need and are living with sickle cell disease. And before their departure, the Men of Zion Usher Board Ministry (AKA Santa’s Helpers) left a financial gift for the Foundation to enable the great work to be continued in 2017.  The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is appreciative and thankful for their giving spirit and community service of love and treasures. You may recall that in November 2016, the Men of Zion donated seven fully stocked Thanksgiving dinner baskets to our Foundation sickle cell families.


Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.’s Christmas Lunch

Several Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. staff members were on hand to celebrate and enjoy a delicious holiday lunch filled with laughter and some of their favorite childhood holiday memories over Chinese food at Mulan Asian Cuisine in historic Southwest Atlanta!

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From our homes to yours, may the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you throughout the coming year!


3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Sickle Cell Skate Party

‘Tis the season for you to wear with great pride and joy your coolest, gaudiest, boldest, ugliest Christmas sweater! Especially your ugliest Christmas sweater!  Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. families and friend were on hand Friday, December 16, 2016 for an evening of fun skating and camaraderie at the annual Camp New Hope Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate Night at Cascade Skate in Southwest Atlanta! The family friendly venue featured a kid-friendly roller rink with skate rentals, inflatables, food, arcade games & great tunes.


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Congratulations to Stephon Edwards who accepted a position with the Major League Network (MLN) in Marketing and Graphic Design. Stephon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Valdosta State University in Fine Arts with a specialty in film and video production. Stephon was a freelancer with his company, L8NYTE Production, and worked on a number of film and production products. He has been an active member of the Camp New Hope Planning Committee since its inception and, most recently, a part of the newly formed Youth Services Section of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. A native of Atlanta, Stephon, attended Camp New Hope (CNH) during his childhood and adolescence and ultimately became a camp counselor and photographer. During the 2016 camp session, Stephon coordinated and provided leadership to the newly launched Leader in Training program for older adolescents with sickle cell disease; was working on a yearlong program prior to his offer from the MLN; and served in a leadership role with CNH.


Atlanta Hawks vs Orlando Magic

LET’S GO HAWKS!

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. had the opportunity to donate to nearly three dozen patients and their family’s terrific tickets to attend an NBA Atlanta Hawks game on December 13, 2016!

The nail-bitter game was filled with live intense sports action as the score bounced back and forth between both teams for several minutes! But our beloved Hawks didn’t have what it took to pull a big “W” as the Orlando Magic won this one 131 over our Atlanta Hawks’ 120 score.

We’ll get em’ next time guys!


Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2016 Holiday Soiree

Members of our  Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. staff attended the annual Georgia Center for Nonprofits holiday soiree December 13th held at Urbantree Cidery in Atlanta.  Foundation staff  representatives shared with many in attendance the importance of the Sickle Cell national Get Connected Registry, and the great need for the Georgia  community to support  Foundation initiatives such as  the January 2017 Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol, our annual February Southeastern Symposium and the only Georgia summer camp for sickle cell children, the Foundation’s Camp New Hope, were just a few topics shared with their fellow Georgia nonprofit attendees.


The Zion Hill Baptist Church ministry, The Mighty Men of Zion Male Usher Board, are shown here preparing their Thanksgiving donations baskets for several Foundation patients and their families.   The Men of Zion Male Usher Board volunteer their services to the Foundation throughout the year. After Thanksgiving the men will direct their attention to blessing many foundation families with Christmas donations.

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Seven Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. patients and their families are shown here, are recipients of the lavishly prepared Thanksgiving Holiday gift basket donations from the Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board. The baskets are filled with all of the food needed to cook and complete a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Several of the Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board members are pictured here, standing in the back row.

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Accepting a financial donation from Joseph Sims, President of the Zion Hill Baptist Church Mighty Men of Zion Usher Board, is the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, Maria White Tillman.

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Breakfast with Santa! Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. CEO Debra McGhee-McCrary shown here with Mapillar Dahn and Ms. Dahn’s three daughters, Amatullah (straight hair) Khadeejah (curly hair) and Hajar (Bantu Knots) as she presents to the family four tickets to join the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s (CHOA) annual Breakfast with Santa event! Ms. Dahn says “My daughters and I are very excited to be going to this year’s Breakfast with Santa and want to thank the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia for giving us this opportunity. We appreciate all that you do, have done, and continue to do for the sickle cell community.”

After breakfast the family will walk outside to see the CHOA Christmas Parade along the streets of midtown Atlanta.  Foundation CEO reminded the family. “Don’t forget to wave to our Foundation Poster Child, Eliezer “Manny” Washington riding along with our celebrity Tom Jones from WSB, Channel 2!”


Sickle Cell Foundation Of Georgia, Inc. Camp New Hope Assistant Camp Director, Kadeem Harrison (in red) , seen here with  Freshmen students from Atlanta Metropolitan State College, in Atlanta Georgia.  Thank you students for volunteering several hours of your time at the Foundation.  We appreciate your hard work and dedication.

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Youth Scholars Shine at the 2016 Atlanta Sickle Cell Summer Research Program

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From l to r: Gregory Bell , Adia James, Dr. Beatrice Gee, Johnathan Johnson, and Spencer Ray

On July 22, 2016, four youth scholars gave their final presentations for the 2016 Atlanta Sickle Cell Summer Research program at the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Scholars:

Gregory Bell, Junior- Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, FL

Adia James, Senior – Alabama School for Math & Science, Mobile AL

Johnathan Johnson – Westlake High School, Atlanta, GA

Spencer Ray, Senior – Westlake High School, Atlanta, GA

For more information on each scholar and their presentations please CLICK HERE

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From l to r: Dr. Jacqueline Hibbert(Morehouse School of Medicine), Dr. Hyacinth Hyacinth(Emory Children’s Center), Dr. Lou Ann Brown(Emory Children’s Center), Dr. Clinton Joiner(Emory), Dr. Beatrice Gee(Morehouse School of Medicine), and Dr. Milford Greene(SCFG)