♥ Happy Valentine’s Day from SCFG! ♥
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!
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!
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
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
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!
The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. held our first staff meeting in the new year January 3, 2017. We served Sparking 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youth Scholars Shine at the 2016 Atlanta Sickle Cell Summer Research Program
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.
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
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)