September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. In 1975, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., and its member organizations began holding events throughout the month to address the needs of those living with sickle cell diseases and the need for education. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by the Congressional Black Caucus in 1983, officially launching Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
Data, statistics, funding and more information from the Office of Minority Health.
What is sickle cell anemia? (from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)