A Message from the President
National Medical Association (NMA)
June 12, 2014


June 19th - Juneteenth is
WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY



On behalf of the National Medical Association (NMA) (www.nmanet.org), I wish everyone a joyous time during the observance of Juneteenth, African American Emancipation Day.

I would also like to take this opportunity to applaud the leadership of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) (www.njof.org) for their unwavering commitment to pursuing the observance of the "19th of June," the date in 1865 when General Order #3 was announced informing the nation's 250,000 last remaining slaves that they were free, years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.


** As an association of predominately African American physicians
committed to quality heath care and the elimination of health disparities,
we take the occasion of the celebration of Juneteenth to bring attention to
the prevention of Sickle Cell Anemia and the importance of Cord Blood
Collection and Bone Marrow Donation.

** June 19th has been declared WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY by the
United Nations (www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/ga10803.doc.htm).
In order to promote the day in America, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of
America, Inc. (www.SickleCellDisease.org)
will provide education materials
and flyers to distribute at your Juneteenth Celebration.

** African Americans need to donate cord blood and bone marrow.
The African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for
Sickle Cell Disease Awareness

(www.aablooddriveandmarrowregistry4sicklecellawareness.webs.com)

stands ready to assist you with education and awareness during your
Juneteenth Celebration.

** As we celebrate our freedom from enslavement, we ask everyone to
take time to educate everyone about Sickle Cell Disease and Cord Blood
& Bone Marrow Donation.

Sincerely,
Dr. Lenior Signature
Dr. Michael LeNoir, M.D.

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