Wicomico Co. Health Dept. supports Sickle Cell Awareness Month with ‘Wear Red’ campaign

 

MARYLAND – 1 and 13 African American babies are born with the sickle cell trait.

As a push to bring more awareness to the disease, The Wicomico County Health Department encourages the community to show support for National Sickle Cell Month with it’s ‘Wear Red Day’
campaign.

Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes red blood cells to take on a sickle or “c” shape.

The health department says its ‘Wear Red Day’ campaign’s goal is to help shatter the stigma surrounding the disease.

We’re told, there’s also a lack of resources geared towards sickle cell in Maryland. “My son goes to Baltimore. There’s no where locally he can go. When you go to receive treatment, some of the symptoms can mirror others and sometimes it’s not seen as so severe,” Opioid & Misuse Program Coordinator Takeisha Collins said.

“There’s progress being made slowly but surely. Bringing awareness to it will hopefully bring about more progress, more change, more awareness.”

Wear Red Day will take place next Friday, September 23rd.

To find out more about sickle cell, click here 

To find out how you can get involved alongside the health department, click here

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