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World Sickle Cell Day

June 17

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    World Sickle Cell Day
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    Join UT Southwestern Medical Center Sickle Cell Disease Day Treatment Center in celebrating World Sickle Cell Day on Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the Sickle Cell Champions’ Circle & Health Fair at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, 6303 Forest Park Road in Dallas.

    Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects the ability of red blood cells, or hemoglobin, to carry oxygen to the cells throughout the body. The disease mostly affects African-Americans, Hispanics, and people of Caribbean descent, though it has been found in individuals of Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, Native American, and Mediterranean heritage. Each year, an estimated 1,000 children are born with sickle cell disease in the United States. One in 12 African-Americans has the sickle cell trait.

    The UT Southwestern Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program wants to celebrate Sickle Cell Day Champions, their families, and the community that supports the cause. Attendees will be provided with health and wellness information, health screenings, an onsite support group session, free food, bounce houses and game for all ages, face painter, balloon artist, blood van for donations, on site radio broadcasting, and a special remembrance and celebratory ceremony.

    To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/pages/UT-Southwestern-Comprehensive-Sickle-Cell-Disease-Program/456391731186299?fref=ts

    Sickle Cell Champions'
    Circle & Health Fair
    Saturday, June 17
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center
    6303 Forest Park Road
    Dallas, TX 65390