Joy Stephens publishes article on Sickle Cell Disease and the United Nations Our President and Board Chair, Joy Stephens, wrote an article on Sickle Cell Disease and the United Nations recognition that the disease is a public health issue worldwide. The article appeared in the May 2009 edition of THE AFRO NEWS. Click here to read more. http://www.theafronews.ca/2009/05/31/419/#more-419

1st Sickle Cell Disease World Day - June 19, 2009. On Dec 22, 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognizes Sickle Cell Disease as a public health problem worldwide. Dedicating a day specifically to the disease is an attempt to raise awareness among governments and the general public so attention is given to finding better treatments and most importantly, a cure. Presently there is no universal cure. 70,000 Americans are living with the disease. One in every 500 African American babies and one in 1200 Latino babies are born each year.

Volunteer Orientation Meeting - February 21, 2009 SCFFN will be hosting its first Volunteer Orientation Meeting on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Piccadilly at 9:00 am. The address is 2055 EXETER RD., GERMANTOWN, TN 38138. If you would like to attend, click here to forward us your name, contact number and email address. Someone will contact you back to confirm your registration.

Recording Artist Kennen Brooks along with his management company, O 2 Joy Entertainment, Inc has generously agreed to donate 20% of the profits from his new CD, "Revealed", to SCFFN. To purchase the CD, go to cdbaby/cd/kennenbrooks.com and make sure you tell us that you are a SCFFN supporter.

Kennen Brooks is co-founder of SCFFN. He carries the sickle cell trait. He made that discovery only when his three-year-old son had to be taken to the hospital because of a high temperature that wouldn't come down. His son was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, was given a blood transfusion, and later developed pneumonia. He has had four crises since the age of three, and like so many others, has to have his blood tested once a month. Kennen is able to take care of his son's expenses, but worries that everyone in our community is not so fortunate.