Hampton Roads Perspectives: Sickle Cell Awareness Month

VA Sickle Cell Network
Photo credit Dale Murray

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Dale
Murray talks with Khristina Reid, Executive Director
of the Virginia Sickle Cell Network. A community of
individuals with sickle cell disease, caregivers,
healthcare workers and those who provide whole-
person health for individuals for individuals and
families living with sickle cell.

FACTS ABOUT SICKLE CELL DISEASE

- Most common inherited blood disorder in the
US.
- Affects approximately 100,000 Americans
- 1 out of every 365 Black or African American
babies are born with sickle cell disease
- About 1 in 16,300 Hispanic-Americans babies
are born with sickle cell disease.
- About 1 in 13 Black or African-Americans
babies are born with sickle cell trait