Historical Highlights

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Historical Highlights

1970

“Souls for Sickle Cell” raise seed funds to establish Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.(SCFG) Funds were matched by then-Governor Jimmy Carter.

1971

SCFG was founded by Dr. Delutha King, Jr. and the late Dr. Nelson McGhee, Jr.

1972

SCFG hired their first employee.

1973

SCFG, joined the National Sickle Cell Disease Association (Renamed the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.)

1973

Sponsored the first Sickle Cell Camp for children.

1973

Received our first grant from the National Institute of Health.

1973

Baseball legend Hank Aaron donates the first Sickle Cell Mobile Unit.

1979

SCFG Board names D. Jean Brannan as first Executive Director.

Partnered with the South Fulton Running Partners, Inc. for the 1st annual Sickle Cell Road Race/ Walk at Welcome All Park.

1980

Federal government passes the Newborn Screening Law for all states.

Mid 80s

SCFG entered the world of digital computers.

1986

SCFG became a United Way agency and received its first grant.

1992

Purchased the building at 2391 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, Atlanta, GA.

Became a charter partner with Camp Twin Lakes; one of seven.

1996

SCFG Co-founder Dr. Nelson McGhee Jr. passes.

2002

SCFG Deed-Burning ceremony.

2007

H.B. 184, by Rep. Gloria Frazier, passes Georgia General Assembly. Urges marriage license applicants to be tested for sickle cell and requires sickle cell information be available at all Georgia Magistrate Courts.

2012

President/COO D. Jean Brannan retires after 40 years of service.

Board of Directors elects Debra McGhee-McCrary as Chief Executive Officer.

2020

SCFG’S 50th Anniversary.