Join us for our 29th Annual Sickle Cell Radio-thon benefiting the Sickle Cell Foundation of the River Region. Sunday, July 9th, 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m!
Your generosity helps countless individuals in our area receive free screenings, counseling, and other vital services, including free testing from the Foundation.
There is still no cure, but treatment is very helpful.
For more information on the Sickle Cell Foundation of the River Region visit riverregionsicklecell.org or call 1.888.767.4255.
Serving the following counties: Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes, Butler, Autauga, Chambers, Coffee, Tallapoosa and Crenshaw
Sickle Cell Foundation of the River Region3180 US Highway 80 West, Montgomery, AL 36108 | 334.286.91228:00AM until 5:00PM | Monday through Friday
Autaugaville County Health Department219 North Court Street, Prattville, Alabama 36067 | 334.361.37439:00AM until 12:00PM | Fourth Monday of each month
Butler County Health Department204 Highland School Road, Greenville, Alabama 36037 | 334.382.23519:00AM until 12:00PM | Fourth Wednesday of each month
Chambers County Health Department#5 Medical North, Valley, Alabama 36851 | 334.756.07589:00AM until 12:00PM (EST) | Third Tuesday of each month
Coffee County Health Department2841 Neal Metcals Road, Enterprise, Alabama 36331 | 334.347.95749:00AM until 12:00PM | First Thursday of each month
Crenshaw County Health Department100 East Fourth Street, Luverne, Alabama 36049 | 334.335.24719:00AM until 12:00PM | Third Thursday of each month
Elmore/Autauga Community Action Committee504 Autauga Street, Wetumpka, Alabama 36092 | 334.567.43619:00AM until 12:00PM | Second Wednesday of each month
Family Guidance Center of Alabama100 Oak Street, Hayneville, Alabama 36040 | 334.548.63079:00AM until 12:00PM | Third Monday of each month
Tallapoosa County Health Department200 LaFayette Street, Dadeville, Alabama 36853 | 256.825.92039:30AM until 12:30PM | Second Tuesday of each month
Tallapoosa County Health Department2078 Sportsplex Boulevard, Alexander City, Alabama 35010 | 256.329.05319:00AM until 12:00PM | Second Tuesday of each month
FACTS about Sickle Cell
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly an abnormal type of hemoglobin, hemoglobin (S). Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels.
When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can reach that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.
Sickle cell affects people in two ways—the Sickle Cell Trait or Sickle Cell Disease. With the Sickle Cell Trait, you can be a carrier of Sickle Cell Disease. People who have Sickle Cell Trait do not have symptoms of the disease. However, if two individuals with the Sickle Cell Trait have a child, there is a 50% chance that they will produce a child with the disease.
The disease also can result in disability development or death in children and individuals in their early adulthood years if not properly treated.
Sickle Cell Disease can cause pain which is referred to as a "Sickle Cell Crisis”, resulting in a blood cell pile-up and eventually a blockage.
This is dangerous as it can cause damage to internal organs and result in damage to the heart, the brain, lungs, and the kidneys.
Sickle Cell Symptoms
Sickle Cell Anemia is usually tested and diagnosed in infancy, however if you or your child begin to experience the following medical problems, please seek immediate attention.
- Swelling in the hands or feet
- Abdominal swelling
- Pale skin or nail beds
- Yellow tint (skin or whites of the eyes)
- Ay signs or symptoms of stroke
If you would like to make a donation to the Sickle Cell Foundation