After a successful campaign last year, we’re back for a second year of the #SpeakOnSickleCellObama Twitter Campaign!
We want President Barack Obama and/or First Lady Michelle Obama to [S]peak [O]n [S]ickle cell for World Sickle Cell Day, June 19th, 2016.
The theme for this year’s Twitter campaign will address negative stigmas within the sickle cell population and community. Help make a difference today and raise awareness for sickle cell. All you need is a Twitter account and to tweet and/or retweet (repost/share) the hashtag “#SpeakOnSickleCellObama” to President Obama’s Twitter account “@POTUS” and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account “@FLOTUS“. With a few tweets per day from each of you, we can double our numbers from last year’s campaign, creating a massive wave of awareness.
[ABOUT THE S.O.S. OBAMA TWITTER CAMPAIGN]
If the most powerful man in the U.S. acknowledged sickle cell, think of how many lives this would affect. Think of how many more people would get tested for the sickle cell gene. Think of the initiative researchers and scientists would take to provide a universal cure. Think of the voice this would give to those who suffer from the disease.
Our goal is to get President Obama’s attention via Twitter and have him Speak On Sickle Cell for World Sickle Cell Day – June 19th, 2016. This year’s goal is get at least 20,000 tweets (doubling last year’s goal) to get the #SpeakOnSickleCellObama trending and to grab the Obamas attention. This will not work unless we have the whole sickle cell community in on this.
One line from Obama is all we need to change the course of sickle cell disease.
Last year, we achieved over 10,000 tweets under the hashtag #SpeakOnSickleCellObama, with participants from over 20 countries. Our reach was over 3 million people on Twitter.
[About Sickle Cell]
Pain is the first word somebody would use to describe sickle cell disease. It’s a pain that is debilitating and often requires the strength of the toughest narcotics to tame.
Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the world. It is widespread across the world and directly affects millions of people of all races. However, this condition is so neglected that several people who carry the gene won’t ever know they’re a carrier until they have a child born with sickle cell disease.
There are at least 100,000 Americans living with sickle cell disease, and 2.5 millions carrying the trait; and in other parts of the world these numbers are exponentially larger, with populations as high as 1 in 4 individuals carrying sickle cell trait.
Red blood cells in those with sickle cell become sickle-shaped making it difficult to maneuver in blood vessels. These red blood cells can prevent blood flow and damage the surrounding tissue, causing immense pain. This is called a pain crisis or a pain episode.
There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.
Become a Sickle Cell advocate and help us raise awareness for this neglected disease!
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