Since 1971, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. has served clients with Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. Two Atlanta physicians — Delutha H. King, Jr. and the late Nelson McGhee, Jr., founded the organization to monitor the incidence of Sickle Cell in Georgia, to advocate and advance knowledge, support research, and, to extend and improve the quality of life of persons battling this genetic blood disorder.
Today, the Foundation continues its mission to bring sickle cell education, screening and counseling to patients and families. The Foundation is engaged in some exciting research projects, as well as perennial favorites such as Georgia’s Newborn Screening Program. Thanks to a legion of partners and supporters, Foundation programming follows a multi-cultural, intergenerational, bilingual outreach model.
The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia strives to build awareness and good habits in youth, confidence and disease management among teens, independence by empowering young adults, and informed decision-making for couples who care. Generous supporters and caring volunteers sustain the Foundation and help make these vital programs and services possible.
Your donation, no matter the size, carries a Sickle Cell patient closer to breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle.
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The Foundation offers a host of ever-evolving programs for children, adults and families that are designed to help meet core objectives. The Foundations’ summer camp — Camp New Hope, for special needs youth inspires confidence and independence; workshops for physicians and healthcare workers advocates for appropriate patient care; teen retreats help transition patients from pediatric to adult medical care. To find out how you can get involved, contact the Foundation today.
The Foundation works extensively in communities throughout Georgia to provide educational and disease detection opportunities. Foundation teams participate regularly in Health Fairs, educational forums, and special events distributing literature and scheduling appointments for follow up. Outreach is conducted in public school systems, on college campuses, military bases, at clinics and more.
Educators and certified counselors engage the community in a variety of settings — hospitals and events, as well as aboard the Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit. On board the Mobile unit, professional staff conduct confidential screenings and privately counsel interested participants. Blood samples are typically delivered to the certified laboratory for processing and interpretation. Persons are notified of test results by mail typically within weeks.
Advocacy is intended to improve circumstances and support research that benefit clients with Sickle Cell. The goal is to help clients live as close to a normal life, as possible and to support initiatives that explore cures, as resources allow. Research projects involve Pharmaceuticals, Treatments and Blood Donations with leading local and national institutions. Partnerships are on-going with the Mexican Consulate, Georgia Tech, Maternal and Child Health, Emory University, and others. The Foundation also advocates for practical community needs such as Employment Assistance, Training, Career Counseling, and a host of workforce collaborations.