PRESS RELEASE Juneteenth World Sickle Cell Day Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/11/17)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
             662-392-2016    662-247-3364
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com

             Nita Thompson
             African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow
             Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness

             323-620-2050
             e-mail: AA4SCDAwareness@aol.com



World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) and the
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
Announces "19th of June", Juneteenth is World Sickle Cell Day



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World Sickle Cell Day



In their Juneteenth World Health Message and Initiative, which began in 2014 in association with the National Medical association (NMA), the World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), with the cooperation African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, announced today that the continued efforts in 2017 "19th of June", Juneteenth is World Sickle Cell Day. Through the celebration of Juneteenth educate the public about the cure for sickle cell anemia (SCA), the transfusion of umbilical cord blood.

"Established by the United Nations, World Sickle Cell Day provides a great opportunity to bring awareness to Sickle Cell Anemia during the observance of Juneteenth in America and around the world," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the NJOF. "We are also seeking the cooperation and support of the African Union with our initiative."

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger issued General Order #3 officially establishing freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning about General Order #3, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress.

Concerned about the soaring death rates for patients with sickle cell anemia, the Coalition for the Humane Treatment of Sickle Cell (CHTOSC) was established to prevent the "medical manslaughter" of SCA patients when seeking treatment in ER's and hospitals across the nation.

"The mistreatment of people with SCA is a world wide crises," states Nita Thompson of the World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF). "This issues must be addressed by the global community to initiate effective world wide solutions."

For more information on the WSCF/NJOF Juneteenth World Health Message and Initiative and how your community can beconme involved, contact Nita Thompsom at 323-620-2050; e-mail: AA4SCDAwareness@aol.com or Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016; e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com.

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