Glory's Hope Blood Drive
Faith 4 A Cure(F4AC) was honored to participate in the first annual blood drive with Virginia Blood Services and Glory’s Hope Sickle Cell Foundation at Howard University Hospital on July 18th. NFL San Diego Chargers linebacker, Jeremiah Attoachu, and his family hosted the event and it was truly inspiring and humbling to be a part of it. Jeremiah’s sister, Glory, lives with SCD and the foundation was created to provide support and academic scholarship to qualifying students with this disease. The Attoachu family, originally from Nigeria, moved to the United States 15 years ago. Not long after their move to the states, Glory began to experience pain crisis and eventually received her first blood transfusion. The Attoachu family realized at that time how important blood donations were for patients with SCD.
Jeremiah’s passion to support his sister and patients with sickle cell was clearly evident during his first blood drive. Having just flown in from California the night before, Jeremiah was present to sign autographs and speak with all the wonderful people that came out to support by donating blood. His entire family was also present for most of the day. Our team had a chance to sit down with Jeremiah and his mother after the blood drive to open up the line of communication and how best to support awareness campaigns for sickle cell worldwide!
Last month, we announced our expansion to Uganda through the Lighthouse Community Service Center of Uganda. We are forming our team now with the local clinic and organizations to help support testing in the villages and bring treatment to those patients that do not have adequate medical care or access to resources to support their disease and their family. Africa has the highest prevalence of the sickle cell trait as well as the disease than any other country in the world. This is only the beginning of our global initiative!
F4AC is all about bringing people together and look forward to updating you on future events and campaigns each month! Be on the lookout for upcoming events as we gear up for September’s Nationals Sickle Cell Awareness Month!Video below courtesy of Medill Washington
The learn more about Glory’s Hope Sickle Cell Foundation, visit: http://www.gloryshopefoundation.org. To help F4AC continue to #GetTheWordOut, your support is always needed and appreciated. If you wish to donate to our organization, please go to our website: www.faith4acure.org.