Who and What We Are?
BranLin Sickle Cell Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to promote awareness and educate society about the effects of Sickle Cell Disease. We welcome every opportunity to explain the disease and it's related issues. Our foundation was founded after the premature death of our loved one due to complications of Sickle Cell Disease. It is with this memory, we focus on sharing information and bringing attention to Sickle Cell Disease. Through this charity, our significant loss will not go in vain.
We take concern in providing assistance for families experiencing hardship during extensive Sickle Cell Disease impairments. We look forward to helping sponsor children to attend the Annual Sickle Cell Summer Camp. It has been our honor to contribute to families in need of school supplies, winter apparel, and support during the holidays. We are grateful to ease challenges and provide hope for those suffering with Sickle Cell Disease.
"Never look down on someone,
unless you are helping them up."
BranLin Sickle Cell
What Is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)?
SCD is an inherited blood disorder present at birth. The red blood cells are C-shaped like a sickle, instead of round and circular. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body. In a healthy person, hemoglobin is smooth, round, and flexible. This allows red blood cells to glide easy through your bloodstream. If you have SCD, the hemoglobin's shape is abnormal due to a mutated gene. It forms rods that clump together. This causes red blood cells to become rigid and curved. The odd-shaped cells block blood flow. It's dangerous, and can cause extreme pain, anemia, and other severe symptoms.
When both parents are carriers of the SCD gene there is a 25% chance the unborn child may have SCD. SCD can affect African, African-American, Hispanic, Mediterranean(Italian, Sicilian, Greek), Middle Eastern, Indian, Caribbean, and South American descent.
We have family, friends, and others who battle complications of SCD with pain episodes, acute chest syndrome, fevers, jaundice, avascular necrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and other symptoms that can shorten life expectancy.