September Is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month


1 in 13 African-Americans is born with the Sickle Cell trait.
in 365 African-Americans is born with Sickle Cell.
Sickle Cell Disease is
3xs as common as other genetic diseases in the US.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can reach that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.

The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary give funds to those individuals facing the challenges of Sickle Cell Anemia as well as to institutions or individuals that provide research in the area.

Funds for this program are provided by contributions from each member of the organization as well as donations from generous outside partners and individuals.

Contributions may be made by a check payable to the Knights of Peter Claver Sickle Cell National Project 1825 Orleans Ave.  New Orleans, LA  70116 or you may contribute online: