Within the Black community there are some pertinent issues which are heavily prevalent and Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), happens to be a fairly prominent condition within our community.
Today Sickle Cell trait is as high as 30% meaning that nearly 1 in 3 people carry the recessive gene.
What is Sickle Cell?
Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent, shape.
Sickle Cell Disease Inheritance Patterns and Trait:
Sickle cell disease patients are born with the condition. Sickle cell disease is caused by two abnormal genes, one from each parent. Your or your child’s specific type of sickle cell disease depends on which genes were inherited.
As this sickle cell disease inheritance patterns flowchart illustrates, each parent has one hemoglobin A gene and one hemoglobin S gene, meaning each child of these parents has:
a 25% chance of inheriting two normal genes (the child does not have sickle cell trait or disease)
a 50% chance of inheriting one hemoglobin A gene and one hemoglobin S gene (the child has sickle cell trait)
25% percent chance of inheriting two hemoglobin S genes (the child has sickle cell disease)
Where will the 99p go?
BKChatUncensored are collaborating with two Sickle Cell awareness charities.
When an episode is purchased, a percentage of the proceeds will go towards the efforts of these two charities.
As well as donating to them, BKChat will also be working along side the both Unsickle My Cell and Sickle-Strong Group to continue the push for awareness for this chronicle blood disorder.
Sickle-Strong Group is a group of creatives that aim to raise awareness of illness, Sickle Cell disease.
Sickle Cell is a chronic condition that thrives in the world because of the lack of education. We aim to tackle this through various media campaigns, engaging events and informative educational material.
Are you interested in helping us create media content awareness? Whether you're a fellow Strong-Soldier or a Strong-Supporter kindly send us an email.
Unsickle My Cells is a foundation dedicated to raising awareness for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and those affected by mental health, whilst actively campaigning to encourage our BAME communities to donate blood.
Unsickle My Cells provide support to patients, children and adults living with SCD in London & Ghana in the hope to provide better knowledge and understanding care support systems, education and to improve employment for the invisible disease.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE, DONATE BLOOD.
Who can give blood?
Most people can give blood. You can give blood if you:
are fit and healthy
weigh between 7 stone 12 lbs and 25 stone, or 50kg and 160kg
are aged between 17 and 66 (or 70 if you have given blood before)
are over 70 and have given blood in the last two years