Medical Center Announces Sickle Cell Awareness Month Events

NEWARK—During Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September, the Sickle Cell team from the Valerie Fund Children Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), is hosting a series of events to assist children, adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease.

Sickle Cell disease affects between 70,000 and 100,000 people in the United States and one out of every 500 African American babies. NBIMC treats more sickle cell anemia patients than any other hospital in New Jersey, from the very young to patients in their seventies. One of the hallmarks of the program’s success is the comprehensive transition of patients from pediatric care to adult care at the same facility.

Calendar of Events

The public is invited to participate in these activities to learn more about sickle cell disease and to show their support for individuals living with the disease.

Sept. 10
Women’s Health Event
Luz Spa, 116 Madison St, Newark
5 p.m.
Join the Sickle Cell Team including a Hematologist, Obstetrician/ Gynecologist, Genetic Researcher and Community Health Worker to ask questions and talk about women’s health issues and sickle cell disease.

Transition Workshop
Date TBA
Glass Roots, 10 Bleeker Street Newark
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Sickle Cell team at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey are proud to host a Transition Workshop. This event is for Sickle Cell Patients ages 13 to 17. Come learn the art of glass blowing and get some education on Sickle Cell Disease that will help you ease into adulthood. Call (973) 353-9555 for more information.

Sickle Cell event from Monmouth Medical Center: Bowling for a Cause
Howell Lanes, 1002 Hwy 9 South, Howell
The Sickle Cell team at Monmouth Medical Center is proud to host a FREE night of bowling, food and FUN for everyone. Come have a blast with family and friends and receive some important information about Sickle Cell Disease. Call 732-923-7455 for more information.

Voices: Sickle Cell Support Group Meeting
A support group designed for young adults and adults with Sickle Cell Disease.
Located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Sept. 11, 2–3 p.m.
Sept. 18, 5-6 p.m.
For more information, you can contact Haywood Barnes @ 973-926-8243

Located at Monmouth Medical Center
Sept. 20 2–3 p.m.
For more information, you can contact Sandra Sledge @ 973-926-7845

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