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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 10, 2021 12:23 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto
To: All Senate members
Subject: Recognizing September 2021 as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
I will soon introduce a resolution recognizing September 2021 as “National Sickle Cell Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth.

The United States Congress has made this designation to help focus attention on the need for research and treatment of sickle cell disease. The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. has designated “Sickle Cell Matters 2021” as this year’s theme for National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

Sickle cell disease occurs when hemoglobin, a protein carried by the body’s red blood cells that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and transports it throughout the body, is abnormal, causing the blood cells to take on a rigid sickle shape. Sickle cells can get stuck and block blood flow, causing pain and infections.

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month is important to help build support networks and strengthen our community’s collective resolve to care for those affected and their families and ultimately find a cure for the disease.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR177