SCD is a condition which afflicts newborns and persons of all ages. African Americans and people of color are disproportionately impacted by SCD which unfortunately is characterized by pain episodes and severe organ damage. The road race supports SCFGs signature program, Camp New Hope and traditional services such as Sickle Cell testing, education and counseling. Today, SCFG services include Telemedicine; Primary and Specialty Provider Services; Non-Specialty Sickle Cell Provider Education; and Transition Assistance for Young Adult SCD patients.
Since the pandemic began, the SCFG team has utilized the mobile clinic and Telemedicine to assure safe, patient access to primary and specialty health care including non-emergency appointments. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, SCFG is meeting the COVID-19 challenge by reducing SCD patient reliance on hospitals and emergency rooms. This is achieved by outfitting patient households with the technology and training needed to fully participate in both distance learning and in SCFG’s Telemedicine Program. For families with food concerns, SCFG is processing food stamp applications by telephone and providing gift cards for food and prescription purchases, when available.
The annual sickle cell road race was launched over four decades ago with the South Fulton Running Partners, Inc. — one of the nation’s premiere African American track clubs. Race Director Wilson, himself a lifelong member, explained that race registrants have three options to address the race fees paid: register for 2021, request a refund, or donate it. Participants can respond by USPS or email to [email protected]. Just write FEE in the subject line or on the outside envelope.
For more information contact CW Wilson for race information, [email protected]. For healthcare and testing services contact Dr. Milford Greene at [email protected]. For food stamps contact Nelson McGhee, III at [email protected], or visit www.sicklecellga.org to volunteer and donate.
CONTACT: CW Wilson, Race Director
SOURCE Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.
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