2018 Press Releases


February 21, 2018


Leslie Fontenot 404.755.1641 ext. 234



Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Hosts its Annual Southeastern Sickle Cell Conference at Morehouse School of Medicine on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9 AM to 3 PM

Registration is now open for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia’s (SCFG) Southeastern Sickle Cell Conference for patients and their families.  This popular event brings patients together with the nation’s foremost authorities – including health care providers, researchers, and pain specialists.

Held in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine at their National Center for Primary Care the conference features panelists and exhibits from the Centers for Disease Control, Emory University, the American Red Cross, and the Grady Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.  Lunch will be served and parking is provided courtesy of Morehouse.

Dr. Walter Branch, Chief Medical Officer, SCFG explained, “This is a tremendous opportunity for persons with sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait to share experiences and learn about some of the latest medical treatments, research, and breakthroughs.  We will spend the day hearing stimulating presentations and we have planned plenty of time for audience questions. ”

Moderated by the popular media host Lyn May, general topics include blood transfusions, transition, legal rights, care coordination, emergency room care, minority blood donations, pain relief, medical cannabis and pharmaceuticals such as Hydroxyurea.  The conference is sponsored by Aaron Family Trust Fund, The American Red Cross and is partially supported by HRSA funds for grant award U28MC28326-03-00.

RSVP ONLINE at http://sicklecellga.org/2018-conference/ to reserve your lunch and be entered into a raffle for a Flat screen Television.  Raffle winner must be present.

LOCATION: Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care, 720 Westview Drive, Ste, 300 Atlanta, GA 30310

DATE/TIME:  Saturday, March 3, 2018; Registration opens at 8:00AM Conference begins 9:00AM

 About Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia:

Founded in 1971 by two Atlanta physicians – the late Nelson McGhee, Jr and Delutha H. King, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is a statewide nonprofit advocating for and serving children and adults with Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. The Foundation hosts Camp New Hope, Georgia’s first and only medical-supervised summer camp for children ages 6-17 with sickle cell and partners with clinics, hospitals and support groups throughout the state.

 About Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Ga., was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution. MSM is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy.

MSM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Council on Education for Public Health, Liaison Committee on Medical Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Editor Contact:  Carole Mumford




 ATLANTA – All Sickle Cell patients, families, providers, and supporters from around the state are invited to join Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. for Sickle Cell Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 24, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  A brief program is scheduled for 11:00 am in room 216 under the gold dome.

 This is a unique opportunity to meet with and inform elected representatives about challenges shared by the sickle cell community and to express appreciation for the State of Georgia’s continued support of programs and services for Sickle Cell patients.     Participants will gather at the Capitol South Wing, 20 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta 30334.  For more information about Sickle Cell Day contact Maria Tillman at 404-755-1641 ext. 206.

Sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait are genetic blood disorders that affect nearly all populations but are disproportionately found in the African American community.  Sickle cell disease is painful and can be fatal.  Sickle cell trait carriers experience few if any symptoms and may not be aware of or take necessary precaution to prevent passing along the gene to their children.  The Foundation encourages athletes and every one of child-bearing age to be tested for sickle cell.  Testing is available at the Foundation by appointment.

Since 1971, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia has advocated for improved treatment, research, and a better quality of life for patients and their families.  Founded by Dr. Delutha King a retired Atlanta physician who remains active on the Board, and the late Dr. Nelson McGhee, Jr., the Foundation conducts sickle cell education, testing, and counseling throughout the State.

For more information contact the Sickle Cell Foundation at (404) 755-1641 or visit www.sicklecellga.org.