Memphis, Tennessee – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was awarded the $1-million Legacy Grant through The Links Foundation that will help advance three sickle cell disease programs. Sickle cell disease is the most commonly inherited blood disorder in the United States.
Approximately one out of every 365 African-American babies born in the U-S has sickle cell disease. A number of health problems can develop such as anemia, bacterial infections, and stroke.
The first grant St. Jude ever received went to sickle cell research, and the fight to find a better cure continues today. “St. Jude started in 1962 and it started on a hope, a hope that no child would die in the dawn of life from a catastrophic disease,” said Dr. James Downing, President & CEO of St. Jude. One of those catastrophic diseases is sickle cell; an inherited blood disorder most common in African-Americans. Read more.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Receives $1 Million Grant For Sickle Cell Programs
By Tish Clark | LocalMemphis.com | May 3, 2018