Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas extends holiday greetings to all of you during this joyous season. As we take the time to relax, unwind and enjoy family and friends, let us not forget all those we know who endure dealing with sickle cell disease. This chronic illness can be devastating for many as temperatures dip, then warm up and dip again. We hope you are enjoying the warmth and comfort that this time of year brings.
Thank you to everyone who supported our may endeavors this year. Our meet and greet in May needed more of you there but it was still good to see family and patients enjoy the kinship of others who live with sickle cell disease. Our Paint and Sip for adults was a huge success and we hope to do more adult-centered events in 2017. Please email your ideas to email@example.com. Our annual conference, “Sickle Cell Disease… Let’s Talk About It” was hugely successful as well and was an awesome benefit to the sickle cell community. Participants engaged richly in conversation and shared a wealth of information to help better the lives of all affected by sickle cell disease. In addition, our quilting project showcased at the conference provided by the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Quilting Ministry has allowed SCPOC to connect with hospitalized patients who want a quilt. These quilts were donated to SCPOC to support patients in need and are theirs to keep. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if a patient is hospitalized and would like a quilt. We would love to share this gift with someone in need to uplift their spirits and to let them know there is a community praying for their health and well-being.
An idea by a young high school student to have a family fun day was an overwhelming success as Google Fiber opened its doors to welcome more than 200 people to the “Sickle Cell Family Fun Day” in October. This partnership was a wonderful collaboration that brought families together in a fun environment. In our efforts to raise broader awareness about sickle cell disease and raise money for all the things we do, SCPOC was blown away this year by the University City Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Our 5K race was awesome with nearly 500 participants signing up for the race. We have grown tremendously in just three years and we look forward to continuing to build this tradition in the University City area. We are thankful to our sponsors who help make this race a success. Please support the businesses that helped bring the 5K race to life: The Fresh Market, Tide Dry Cleaners, Bojangles’, University City Partners, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, Orange Theory Fitness, Smoothie King (Prosperity Church Road), Dilworth Coffee (Prosperity Church Road), Hawthorne’s Pizza (Prosperity Church Road), The Hickory Tavern and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
As we round out the year, thank you to all of you who support our efforts in the Charlotte community. Your attendance at events, words of encouragement and financial donations keep us on track to achieve our mission to provide a network of support for patients and families affected by Sickle Cell Anemia; to raise awareness and educate the community; and to advocate for a cure. If you would like to help in that, please email email@example.com
Peace, blessings and good health in the coming year!
Dagny McDonald, Chair, Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas
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