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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: September 13, 2013 11:37 AM
From: Representative Cherelle L. Parker
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Recognizing September 2013 as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating September 2013 as “Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a group of inherited blood disorders that cause normally round red blood cells to take on a sickle shape, which impedes the cells’ ability to travel throughout the body and deliver vital oxygen. The restricted oxygen supply can cause severe pain, organ damage, serious infections, and stroke.

In the United States, approximately 90,000 to 100,000 people are afflicted with SCD. While African Americans are disproportionately affected by SCD with about 1 in 500 suffering from the disease, the following ethnicities are also commonly affected by the disease: Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean.

Please join me in supporting those living with this serious condition by designating September 2013 as “Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HR449