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File #: 0131X-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/10/2020 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 9/14/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: To proclaim September as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month in the City of Columbus and to recognize the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals, Beyond the Cell, and the Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association for their advocacy and commitment to bringing awareness to Sickle Cell Disease.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Shannon G. Hardin

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To proclaim September as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month in the City of Columbus and to recognize the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals, Beyond the Cell, and the Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association for their advocacy and commitment to bringing awareness to Sickle Cell Disease.

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WHEREAS, the observance of National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month originated in 1975 with month-long events to call attention to Sickle Cell Disease and the need to address the illness nationally and locally; and
WHEREAS, Sickle Cell Disease is a global health problem affecting more than 100,000 people in the United States, touching people of all races and in some characterized by chronic fatigue and pain; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 1,000 babies are born with Sickle Cell Disease in the United States each year; thus the need for education and awareness - and while much has been done to improve treatment, lower complications, and to reduce symptoms for persons afflicted with this disease, there continues to be a gap in care, and a continuing need for ongoing innovation, treatment, research, and a cure; and
WHEREAS, the Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association (OSCHA) was incorporated in 1977; the association was originally established to assist with providing a payment mechanism for medically indigent adults affected with Sickle Cell Disease; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association is to provide education and statewide support to individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease; this is achieved through a commitment and consistent focus to testing, counseling, referrals, and advocacy; and

WHEREAS, blood transfusions are the most common and effective treatment for Sickle Cell Disease - the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals remains committed to ensuring that Central Ohio has a strong and diverse blood supply which is achieved through the hosting and promoting of blood drives; and
WHEREAS,...

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