BDO Attends SCDAA 46th Annual Unity Soiree Gala
powerful address to the audience, sharing her story of her stepsister who recently lost her battle with Sickle Cell. Actor and celebrity ambassador, Dexter Darden gave insights from his personal battle with Sickle Cell, and showed that the disease does not have to define you or limit your possibilities.
In addition to powerful testimonials, the gala was also an opportunity to raise money for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America who surpassed their ten thousand dollar goal. News of the passing of Bill H.R.2410 through the House of Representatives, which aims to improve sickle cell disease treatment, research, monitoring, and prevention was another highlight of the evening.
This legislation aims to create a National Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment program to allow HHS to issue grants for collecting demographic data, fund initiatives and further prevention and treatment. The passing of the bill through the House shows that the work done on behalf of the Sickle Cell community is not going unnoticed, and that awareness about the disease is growing.
This is an important milestone that brings the Bill one step closer becoming law!
As the last awards were granted and the final presenters spoke, the dance floor opened up with a live performance from Joe Falero and full band, bringing Caribbean vibes right to downtown Baltimore! Providers, advocates, and Warriors all partied side by side truly highlighting the theme of the convention “Celebrating Diversity Within The Sickle Cell Community”.
Connections were made, lives we inspired and the overall mission of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America was advanced.
The annual convention is a beacon of light and hope for the Sickle Cell community, showing that there is strength in collaboration and that the disease is not a death sentence.