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BPL Partners With AKA and the Sickle Cell Foundation

 

On December 12, the Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda provided a festive moment for children who suffer with Sickle Cell Disease and their immediate families, at Dorsey High School. The Brothers diligently put together this year’s Holiday Hearts Christmas Party for children with Sickle Cell Disease along with our partners, Tau Tau Omega (Santa Monica Graduate AKA’s) and the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. This year, all efforts were  strengthened by additional support from Alpha Gamma Omega (Los Angeles Graduate AKA’s), The Alpha Wives Auxiliary and The Top Ladies of Distinction. The increased resources serviced more than 150 families!! The kids enjoyed various games, toys, music, food and of course, a visit from Santa!!
 
What is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)?
                        SCD is a group of inherited conditions that affect hemoglobin, a protein that allows red blood cells (RBC) to carry oxygen to all parts of the body.
                        * The most common types of SCD are: Hemoglobin SS Disease (HbSS) - People who have this form of SCD inherit two sickle cell hemoglobin genes (“S”), one from each parent. This is commonly called sickle cell anemia and is usually the most severe form of the disease.
                        * Hemoglobin SC Disease (HbSC) - People who have this form of SCD inherit a sickle cell hemoglobin gene (“S”) from one parent and from the other parent a gene for abnormal hemoglobin called “C”. This is usually a milder form of SCD.
                        * Hemoglobin S beta thalassemia (HbS beta thalassemia) - People who have this form of SCD inherit one sickle cell hemoglobin gene (“S”) from one parent and one gene for beta thalassemia, another type of anemia, from the other parent. There are two types of beta thalassemia: “0” and “+”. Those with HbS beta0-thalassemia usually have a more severe form of SCD. People with HbS beta+-thalassemia tend to have a milder form of SCD

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