Who We Are
We are a compassionate and dedicated team committed to providing expert care and support for individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease.
Sickle Cell Cares Foundation Inc
The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation was established in the Commonwealth of Dominica in January 2013. The founder Kellyn George is herself a sickle cell patient who has had boughts of crisis throughout her life. Kellyn is currently twenty-eight years old and has defied survival odds based on historical life expectancy data on sickle cell patients. Over a lifetime of sickle cell crisis, Kellyn has learnt to manage the disease through many trial periods. Sickle Cell Cares Foundation was established to provide support to those inflicted with the disease with a view to providing awareness and solutions to maintain a healthy lifestyle where sickle cell crises are minimized.
Sickle Cell Disease is the name given to Sickle Cell Anaemia, Sickle Cell trait, and Beta Thalassemia collectively. This disease is an inherited genetic mutation that causes red blood cells to become abnormally shaped, and thus restricting the amount of oxygen the cell is able to carry. The abnormal, or sickle, shape of the red blood cells causes them to clump together forming clots that get stuck in blood vessels. Sickle-cell disease, or sickle-cell anemia or sometimes drepanocytosis, is a hereditary blood disorder, Sickle-cell disease is associated with a number of acute and chronic health problems, such as severe infections, attacks of severe pain, and stroke, and there is an increased risk of death. Sickle-cell disease occurs when a person inherits two abnormal copies of the hemoglobin gene, one from each parent. Several subtypes exist, depending on the exact mutation in each hemoglobin gene. A person with a single abnormal copy does not experience symptoms and is said to have sickle-cell trait.