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Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

EBONY Partners with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America


The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) and EBONY Media Operations (EMO) announce a new media partnership that will enhance national awareness efforts about sickle cell disease (SCD) and to help ensure the disease is not forgotten. The collaboration will use a combination of print, digital platforms, events and speaking opportunities to share educational information with individuals living with SCD and their families to patients better understand the disease and treatment options. The partnership also will increase the dissemination of information to engage new audiences, create new conversations and remove stigma for those affected by SCD.

“SCDAA is grateful for this new media partnership and the value it will bring to the sickle cell community,” said SCDAA President and CEO Beverley Francis-Gibson. “EBONY magazine is one of the premiere publications with a long history of addressing critical issues relevant to the African-American community. This unique partnership will provide exciting new opportunities for SCDAA and EBONY to inform, educate and inspire others to keep SCD at the forefront of health discussions.”

2018 EBONY Power 100 is hosted by EBONY Foundation and benefits Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Join us in our efforts to support the sickle cell community and to find a universal cure for sickle cell disease by making a donation. Donate now or text EBONY to 91011 and help EBONY & SCDAA break the sickle cycle.

SCD is a global health problem affecting millions of people around the world. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans have the disease, and more than 1,000,000 worldwide have sickle cell trait. Each year, approximately 1,000 babies in the United States are born with SCD, and there is no universal cure for this life-threatening disease.

“For more than four decades, SCDAA has been a champion of the sickle cell community, and EBONY is delighted to partner with them to raise awareness about SCD,” said Linda Johnson Rice, EBONY Media Operations Chairman Emeritus and CEO Michael Gibson. “Our partnership will work to bolster communications efforts and spark new conversations that will help improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease. We look forward to all we can achieve together.”

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.