The Sickle Cell Fund for Families in Need (SCFFN) exists to mitigate the challenges experienced by families with children afflicted with sickle cell anemia. We do this by creating awareness, providing education and supplying social services for families who live below the poverty level and deserve to live with respect and dignity. A not-for profit charity, we strive to fill needs that hospitals don't provide.

We have two main approaches to making a difference in the lives of families living with the disease.

First, our social services help to ease the financial burden of the disease on families who have limited incomes and/or limited access to resources.

Secondly, we have an awareness and education agenda. This includes a program that helps families with at least one child facing the disease to obtain blood testing for all family members. The test is done to determine which other children in the same family might be carrying the trait for the disease. That knowledge alone can help reduce the prevalence of this disease.

SCFFN is a newly-formed not-for-profit organization incorporated in July of 2007. The charity was founded by musician Kennen Brooks and his manager, Joy Stephens. Kennen is a Memphis-based, internationally known R&B/Pop performing and recording artist. Kennen serves as regional director of the mid-South region of SCFFN.

After Kennen's son, Kassen, was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, Kennen and Joy organized SCFFN. They wanted to help ease the financial burdens, needs for resources, and tutoring requirements of families who live below the poverty line and have children facing sickle cell anemia.

One in 12 African Americans carry the sickle cell trait in America, and sickle cell anemia is the most common inherited blood disorder. Sickle cell anemia affects one in 500 African Americans, according to the National Center for Biotechnology. The disease also occurs in the Latino/Hispanic community, where an estimated 1 per 1000 Hispanic Americans are affected.

There are treatments for the symptoms and complications of the condition, but there is no cure. The life expectancy for someone with sickle cell is 40 years.

Volunteer

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers who are motivated to help children with this disease and their families. To become one of our valued and cherished volunteers, please contact Joy Stephens (joy@sicklecellffn.org).