We encourage, educate and empower people with sickle cell and their families to take control of their health and improve their quality of life. By partnering with local health care providers, the state's newborn screening program, families, schools and communities, we ensure that all those affected by sickle cell have access to education, resources, counseling and coordinated care.
Normal red blood cells are round, almost like doughnuts. They move through small blood vessels in the body to deliver oxygen, which is carried by a substance called hemoglobin. In sickle cell disease, one little change in the hemoglobin can cause it to form long rods when it gives away oxygen. For more information click here.
To learn about sickle cell trait, how you get sickle cell disease, who gets sickle cell disease, and how you can get tested, click here.
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