On Saturday October, 4th 2014, the Sickle Cell Cares Foundation will be engaging in an awareness hike to promote healthy living with sickle cell disease. The hike will be held on Segment 5 of the Waitukubuli National Trail from Pond Casse to Emerald Pool. Registration for the hike is $20. Transportation will be provided.
The Foundation has a mission to raise awareness in an effort to educate the public, and individuals suffering from this disease, in the hope that individuals suffering from sickle cell disease, and their families, will benefit from greater knowledge and will be empowered to manage their health effectively and live happy and healthy lifestyles.
Sickle Cell Disease is a group of inherited blood disorders characterized most often by the most commonly occurring form Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Anemia is a blood disorder, occurring from a genetic mutation, where the bone marrow produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. It is the most common form of a group of diseases called Sickle Cell Disease.
Developing healthy habits is important to living healthy with Sickle Cell Disease. This includes:
- Proper nutrition
- Lots of fruits and vegetables
- Proper hydration
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water
- Increase hydration with increased temperature
- Physical Activity
- Light to brisk walks
- Regular medical checkups
- Prevent Infection
The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation was founded in January 2013 by Ms. Kellyn George who hails from the community of Mahaut. Ms George experienced the trials of Sickle Cell disease throughout her childhood days. However these trials have made Ms. George a stronger, wiser person and she has grown to become a Champion for empowering others to conquer this disease.
The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation plans to develop its support initiative by introducing financial support to patients, counseling and mental health support to patients and their families and bridging the gap between patients and their healthcare providers by establishing a patient-doctor network.