World Sickle Cell Day is observed in June and sponsored by the African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness.
World Sickle Cell Day has been held annually to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and the struggles of its sufferers. June 19 was chosen to commemorate the day, a day on which a resolution was officially adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, recognizing Sickle Cell Disease as a public health concern.
Sickle Cell Disease affects millions of people around the world, including adults and children. It is a potentially fatal disease and, according to the World Health Organization, is one of the main causes of premature death among children under the age of five in various African countries.
World Sickle Cell Day Sponsor:
African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
To learn more, visit http://www.worldsicklecellday.webs.com
The awareness color for Sickle Cell Disease is Red.