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Media Contact: S.O.S. Committee Members
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Speak On Sickle Cell Campaign – An S.O.S. Call To President Obama
Speak On Sickle cell is speaking up for a disease that is silently taking lives.
Speak On Sickle Cell is campaigning for sickle cell disease. The campaign goal is to reach 10,000 tweets on hashtag #SpeakOnSickleCellObama trending by June 1st, capturing President Barack Obama’s attention in lending his voice to serve as a catalyst for stronger research efforts, encourage gene testing, improve health practices, and ultimately save lives. Having President Obama Speak On Sickle Cell on World Sickle Cell Day – June 19th, 2015, is something that would create an impact the world desperately needs and begs for. One line from him will change the course of sickle cell disease.
The S.O.S. committee members have sickle cell disease and are advocates for the disease, and efforts include traveling and speaking in their local communities to inform and discuss issues surrounding sickle cell. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, people who have sickle cell disease experience severe and chronic pain, which can last for weeks or months and can be very hard to bear.
Sickle cell disease was discovered by Western medicine over 200 years ago. It was first documented in 1910 by a physician from Illinois, James B. Herrick. Since then, there has been little advancement of the care and wellness protocol. Sickle cell is so indebted with politics that a cure cannot even be properly focused on or strategized to find.
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.