Press Releases

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Annual Camp New Hope Registration is Now Open

July 23rd – July 28th in Winder, Georgia 30680

 

PRESS RELEASE: February 9, 2017

 CONTACT: Maria White Tillman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641 ext. 206

Email: MTillman@sicklecellga.org

 

SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION OF GEORIGA, INC. ‘s ACCREDIATED ANNUAL CAMP NEW HOPE FOR SICKLE CELL CHILDREN AND TEENS IS SET FOR JULY 23-JULY 28.  CAMP SONGS, MAKING S’MORES AND LEARING TO UNDERSTAND THEIR SICKLE CELL DISEASE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CAMP ACTIVITIES.

 

Summer camp registration is now open to Georgia young children and youth with sickle cell disease between the ages of 6-17 years old. And we offer a Leadership Training program for Georgia teens with sickle cell disease between ages 18-19 years old.  The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. camp session is July 23-28, 2017. Camp is $75.00 per child.  Some scholarships are available. Camp is held at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder Georgia.

 

New this camp season, Camp New Hope is accredited by the American Camp Association.  This is accreditation solidifies our commitment to your children and teens. Camp New hope remains compliance with the American Camp Association laws, rules and regulations.  And we are committed to providing a safe, quality environment for our campers and staff.

 

The purpose of the camp is to provide a respite for Georgia children and teens with sickle cell challenges and to allow those sickle cell campers to experience what for many is the first time sleeping overnight away from their parents for concern that a “medical crisis” may take place. At camp we have a full staff of certified medical doctors and nurses on site and available for any potential illness or concerns that may arise.

 

Campers learn to recognize their personal warning signs of an oncoming crisis.  And by camps end, campers are left feeling empowered to speak to their parents, teachers, and to their community with greater confidence about their health. Parents are impressed that their child’s personal sickle cell knowledge grows ten-fold upon their return home from camp New Hope.

 

There is also a lot of fun at camp!  Games, camp songs, making s’mores, playing sports, arts and crafts are just a few of the camper experiences at Camp New Hope.

 

Registration closes April 30th, and camp fills up fast, so please register early if you wish your child to attend.  Register here:   www.sicklecellcamp.com

 

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is always is on the lookout for volunteers. The Foundation has a great need for male role model Camp Counselors.   Each volunteer must past a background check and drug test. We provide a disciplined management style that results in professional integrity and quality.

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Advocacy Day Planning Party

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!
This week, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is gearing up for two major events – our Annual Sponsors Reception on Tuesday evening, January 24th and our Annual Sickle Cell Day at the Georgia Capitol, January 25th! Everyone is encouraged to register on line for your participation in the two upcoming events.
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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Annual Southeastern Sickle Cell Symposium February 25, 2017

  

PRESS RELEASE:

February 6, 2017

 Contact: Maria White Tillman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641 ex 206

Email: Mtillman@sicklecellga.org

 THE ANNUAL SOUTHEASTERN SICKLE CELL SYMPOSIUM IS SET TO INFORM AND EDUCATE SICKLE CELL PATIENTS, CAREGIVERS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSISTION FROM PEDIATRIC TO ADULT CARE, AFFORDABLE MEDICAL INSURANCE AND OTHER INSURANCES, BLOODLESS MEDICINE, MEDICIAL CANNABIS, MENTAL HEALTH AND MUCH MORE.

At the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. we strive to educate and inform the public about the latest in sickle cell developments.

Our annual symposium will have a panel of experts and medical doctors well versed on subjects of great concern to our focus of sickle cell awareness.

The free symposium will be held at historic Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care, 720 Westview Drive, Southwest, Atlanta, Georgia.  The Program is set to begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday February 25, 2017.

Our symposium agenda will cover a vast array of advocacy information related to the state of sickle cell, transitioning from pediatric to adult care, the latest developments related to sickle cell treatment and updating the public on insurance and healthcare.

Confirmed panelist include: James Eckman, MD, Noted Hematologist and Medical Oncology, Emory School of Medicine; Leila Clay, MD, Pediatric Oncologist; and Brenda Depena-Gray, BSN, RN, WellStar, Bloodless Medicine Program. And many other notable medical doctors, social workers and patients living with sickle cell will be on hand to share their expertise.

Each segment will have a question and answer session. A free lunch will be served.


 

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

38th Annual 7k Run and 4k Walk Road Race Along the streets of Historic East Point Georgia

 

PRESS RELEASE:

December 21, 2016

Contact: Maria White Tillman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641 ext. 206

Email: mtillman@sicklecellga.org

 

38TH Annual 7k Run and 4k Walk begins at Tri-Cities High School and flow through historic downtown East Point and glide past several residential neighborhoods.

 

It’s time to lace up your best running shoes!  And time to pull out your most comfortable walking shoes! The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is gearing up for their 38th annual Road Race and Walk set for Saturday April 8, 2017! This family friendly annual event will begin at Tri-Cities High School and will loop throughout historic downtown East Point, and it will glide through beautiful East Point neighborhoods and communities.

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. has held their road race the second Saturday in April for over three dozen years!

Mark your calendars! On hand will be several celebrities to encourage you from race start to finish and along your route. WSB Action News Channel 2 News Anchor Reporters Dave Huddleston, Mark Winnie and Tom Jones will kick off the race. Combined the men share over 50 years of news reporting and anchoring with WSB Channel 2.

The certified race course is runner tested and approved for safety and distance by the City of East point Police Department and professional runners from across Atlanta. An added bonus, this race is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

East Point department of Public Safety will be on hand for the rolling road blocks and to direct traffic. East Point and all of Georgia residents are encouraged to participate. And if they are not able to run or walk, communities are welcomed to line the route with their cheers, encouragement and smiles!

Advanced on line registration is available and encouraged.  Or feel free to visit the Foundation offices at 2391 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW, Atlanta Georgia 30311.  Each registered road race runner and walker has the option of being timed.

Participants may call the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. with any questions at 404-755-1641.

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The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Annual Southeastern Sickle Cell Symposium February 25, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:

November 1, 2016

Contact: Maria White Tillman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641 ex 206

Email: Mtillman@sicklecellga.org

 

ANNUAL FREE SOUTHEASTERN SICKLE CELL SYMPOSIUM SET TO INFORM AND EDUCATE PATIENTS, CAREGIVERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN MENTAL HEALTH, MEDICAL CANIBUS, CLINICAL TRIALS AND THE “GET CONNECTED” REGISTRY

 

At the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. we strive to educate and inform the public about the latest in sickle cell developments.

Our annual symposium will have a panel of experts and medical doctors well versed on subjects of great concern to our focus of sickle cell awareness.

The free symposium will be held at Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care, and is set to begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday February 25, 2017.

Our symposium agenda will cover a vast array of advocacy information related to “fighting for what you need”, and updating the public on legislative and policy news. And we want to inform our patients on ways to change and improve their health.

Each segment will have a question and answer session. A free lunch will be served.

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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Sickle Cell Day at the Georgia Capitol, January 25, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:

October 26, 2016

Contact: Maria White Tillman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641

Email: MTillman@sicklecellga.org

 

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia is pleased to announce our 4th annual Sickle Cell Day at the Georgia Capitol. Sickle Cell patients, staff, family and supporters are encouraged to stand together as we bring increased awareness to the disease.

We will gather in the South Wing of the State Capitol at 9:00 a.m. Patients and supporters from across Georgia will visit lawmakers to promote, educate and bring awareness to House Bill 1 – Medical Marijuana.  Our goal is to rally Georgia residents to voice their concerns to lawmakers about funding for adults and children patients with Sickle Cell disease.

Since 1971, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. has stood as a bastion of hope for victims of Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. Generous supporters, a dedicated staff, a dynamic Board, and caring volunteers make the Foundation and all of its programs and services possible.

While the disease and the trait are genetic blood disorders that largely affect African-Americans, there have been cases of the painful disease found in other races. The disease can be fatal. Those that carry the trait often do not experience any symptoms.

We are looking forward to your support.  At the Capitol, enter on Washington Street, turn right, and in front you will see the staircase. We will be set up at the foot of the staircase.

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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Family Skate Night!

Come Skate and Fellowship with us on Friday December 16, 2016 at Cascade Family Skating

PRESS RELEASE:

November 23, 2016

Contact: Maria White Tillman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641 ext. 206

Email: MTillman@sicklecellga.org

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Camp New Hope young adults will host their 3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Family Skate Night! The event will be held on December 16, 2016 at Cascade Family Skating.  Camp New Hope’s young adult leadership team encourages everyone to arrive between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All attendees who pay entrance within that window, a portion of your ticket costs will benefit Camp New Hope, a camp for children and teens living with sickle cell disease. The entire event is open to the public and will be held between 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

‘Tis the season for you to wear with great pride and joy your coolest, gaudiest, boldest, ugliest Christmas sweater! Especially your ugliest Christmas sweater!

Bring your family and friends to an evening of fun skating and camaraderie!  Tickets are $7.00 each for all ages. The price includes your skate rentals. Cascade Skate is located 3335 M.L.K. Jr Drive, Southwest, Atlanta Georgia 30031 and features a kid-friendly roller rink with skate rentals, featuring inflatables, food, arcade games & great tunes.

Come one, come all!

Since 1971, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. has stood as a bastion of hope for patients of Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. Generous supporters, a dedicated staff, a dynamic Board, and caring volunteers make the Foundation and all of its programs and services possible.

While the disease and the trait are genetic blood disorders that largely affect African-Americans, there have been cases of the painful disease found in other races. The disease can be fatal. Those that carry the trait often do not experience any symptoms.

Staff and Foundation leadership will be on hand at the skating rink to share laughter and a good time with all skaters and their friends and families.

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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia

Help us ring in the Holiday Season! Santa is on his way! Annual Christmas Parade along the Streets of Midtown Atlanta 

December 3, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

PRESS RELEASE

November 2, 2016

Contact: Maria White Tillman for IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel: 404-755-1641 ext. 206

Email: MTillman@SickleCellGA.org

Let’s all ring in the holiday season with lots beautiful and intricate designed floats, and see the precision and hear the amazing sounds of marching bands! And we cannot forget to see all of the wonderful cartoon character shaped balloons!  And of course, there’s, Santa Clause!

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. has partnered with The Children’s Healthcare of Georgia to bring you a wonderful and family friendly parade set for along the streets of Midtown Atlanta, on Saturday December 3, 2017! The parade will step off at 10:20 a.m.

WSB Channel 2 News Reporter Tom Jones and our Foundation Poster Child, Manny, will ride together in a convertible to help Georgia usher in the Christmas season!

Tom Jones has worked at WSB-TV as a General Assignment Reporter for nearly a decade. And Manny, our Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Poster Child, is in the 6th grade, plays the saxophone for his school band.  Manny is an all-around fun-loving 11 year old.

The parade is free!  Bring your family and don’t forget to wave to our celebrity Tom Jones and to Manny, our Foundation Poster Child when ride by!

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