SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH - Mitch Perry10/05/04
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Post Office unveiled a new stamp to increase awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia, the disease that affects 1 in 12 African Americans.
The disease damages blood cells by changing smooth, round cells into sickle shapes, which makes them hard and sticky. As a result, blood flow is blocked and organs are damaged. The disease can cause intense pain, stroke and death. Dr. Willarda V. Edwards is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of AmericaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.She is based in Balitmore, where sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a practing internist for the past 20 years. WMNF began our interview by asking Dr. Edwards about the awareness or lack there of , of the disease in 2004Ã¢â‚¬Â¦..Back in the 1970Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, for example, discussion about the disease was prevalent on Public Service Announcements on Television (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?dot-orgÃ¢â‚¬?) ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dr. Willard V. Edwards, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease association of AmericaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..