"Sickle Cell News You Can Use"
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month!
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(we have a lot of good information to share with you :)
Thank you for your participation in our June & July events!
We Bowled on Saturday June 24th, 2023. Thank you for joining us! See you next year!
We Talked about Sickle Cell in Kankakee, IL on Saturday July 8th, 2023! Click image to view larger!
Summer Day Camp for Youth ages 7-17 with Sickle Cell Disease was a success and was held July 17th-July 20th, 2023! Stay tuned for 2024 Summer Camp information!
We are excited for all of the upcoming events!
Grab your family and friends and get out and get active!
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month!
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We look forward to Raising Sickle Cell Awareness with YOU!
ATTENTION! You Don't want to miss this! In honor of September being Sickle Cell Awareness Month and all those living with Sickle Cell Disease Our amazing community partners at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will be using the lights in its building to spell out the message "CURE SICKLE CELL" with red accent lights.

When: The evening of Tuesday, September 5th, 2023!

Location: Outside of the 300 E. Randolph Chicago, IL 60601

Did You Know? For more than two decades, Chicago’s Blue Cross Blue Shield building has been displaying messages on what it calls the city’s “biggest billboard.”Click here to learn more and to meet the person responsible at BCBS.
Swinging to Raise Sickle Cell Awareness Monday September 11th, 2023!
Alton, IL area click image below to sign up for the 11th annual sickle cell walk Saturday September 16, 2023! Click the Image below to Register!
September Sickle Cell Support Group Meetings
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Tuesday September 19th, 2023
Thursday September 21st, 2023
Let's Raise Sickle Cell Awareness One Mile at a time
Saturday September 23, 2023
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Adult Night Out! Click the image below to Sign-Up or Scan QR Code!

We are excited to announce the launch of a new financial assistance program for people living with sickle cell disease. Are you or is one of your patients struggling with the out-of-pocket costs associated with sickle cell disease? TAF may be able to help. Visit enroll.tafcares.org or call (855) 905-3744 to speak with a Patient Advocate.

Life Insurance for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease:

Western & Southern Life
Contact Name: David Schroeder
Phone: (815) 953-9639

Senior Life Insurance Company
Contact Name: Bonaventure "Bona" Ogu
Phone: (708) 710-2692 
(Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm)

Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund:
Supports families who are struggling with meeting their rent payment obligations. As we know, housing and health go hand-in-hand. It is important that while you are focused everyday on living as healthy as you can that you also have a stable place to live. If for any reason you need assistance paying rent, please consider the Chicago Low-Income Housing as a benefit available to you. There is an income requirement. Please visit: www.clihtf.org Any additional questions feel free to reach out to Annissa Lambirth-Garrett Executive Director.

The Compassionate Friends:
(For caregivers that have lost a child)

NHLBI (National Heart Lung Blood Institute) Sickle Cell Fact Sheets:

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA)

Calling All Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease and Their Caregivers!
You are not alone! Please join one of our many amazing support systems below from the comfort of your cell phone!

  • Did you know there is a Group me (mobile app) for adults with SCD in Illinois? If you are 18 & over with Sickle cell disease in Illinois and want to add yourself click this link . You can also download the app to your phone for convenience.

  • Did you know there is a Group me (mobile app) for Caregiver(s) (parent of individuals with SCD)? If this is you then click this link to add yourself. You can also download the groupme app to your phone for convenience.

Please join us by sending up a special prayer and love to the families of our Beloved, Fallen Sickle Cell Advocates/Warriors! :

Please contact us and let us know if you have a loved one who had Sickle Cell Disease & has gained their wings! We would like to honor them and continue to show love to our amazing advocates and fighters who are no longer with us!
SCDAI Brochure in English & Spanish
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English Brochure
Spanish Brochure
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