Our Mission Statement

SICK CELLS’ MISSION IS TO ELEVATE VOICES OF THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE (SCD) COMMUNITY AND THEIR STORIES OF RESILIENCE. IN HIGHLIGHTING THE GRAVE DISPARITIES THIS COMMUNITY FACES, WE HOPE TO INFLUENCE DECISION MAKERS AND PROPEL CHANGE.

Sick Cells envisions that this narrative work will achieve the following:

1.  Ignite public interest making sickle cell a public health concern;

2.  Humanize SCD, which is a  relatively invisible disease that affects people of          many races and ethnicities;

3.  Inspire the general public, who do not typically recognize their day-to-day              encounters with SCD, to advocate for SCD;

4.  Influence policy makers, educators, employers, healthcare administrators and        healthcare providers to act to improve treatment and care for the SCD                    population;

5.  Drive research and drug development which will lead to better treatments; and

6.  Empower the sickle cell community, regardless of hemoglobin type, to share          their stories and know that they are not alone.

Through these actions, we hope to improve the quality of life and care for             people living with the most common genetic disorder by challenging current         policy and shifting social norms. 

Sick Cells is based in the Chicagoland area.

 
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