Giving to the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario 

Raising awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and supporting those living with it.

For our September 2021 Giveback campaign, we will be partnering with the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO) to raise awareness about sickle cell and to RAISE THE VOICES of those living with sickle cell disease. 

 Our goal this month is to raise $400 for the Sunday Afolabi Scholarship

CLICK HERE to Donate to the Sunday Scholarship Fund

The Vision: The Sickle Cell Awareness Group's vision is to optimize the lives of individuals and families living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). They are on a mission to educate the general public about sickle cell disease (SCD) and sickle cell trait (SCT) and To provide support for patients and families with SCD. Learn More

About Sunday Afolabi Scholarship

Sunday Afolabi was born with sickle cell anemia to a middle-class family in Nigeria, West Africa. He grew up knowing that he was very special and brilliant as well. He would sometimes make comments such as “God must know why I have to bear this cross, but I look forward to a day when no one will ever have to suffer from sickle cell anemia again.” 

Sunday did not let anything deter his focus and he graduated high school in 1986 in flying colours. He moved to the University of Ibadan in 1987 and studied Electrical Engineering. He finished in 1992 and got a job at Ikeja General Hospital, Lagos Nigeria.

He later became the head of engineering at this well-respected hospital until his death in 1999 a few days before his 30th birthday on October 12th, 1999.

Sunday’s life and death motivated the birth of the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario, formerly known as Seed of Life Philanthropic Organization Inc. We believe that a day will come when no one will suffer from the complications of sickle cell disease, especially the debilitating pain associated with the disease. We believe that by educating our community one person and group at a time, many newborns will be born sickle cell free. 

In the spirit and memory of Sunday Afolabi, we hope to inspire individuals with SCD to achieve higher heights by creating the Sunday Afolabi Scholarship Grant.

 CLICK HERE to Donate to the Sunday Scholarship Fund

 

Past Donation

September 2020: The Impact: We have raised $300 to donate to the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO). With this donation we were able to support a family with sickle cell disease to purchase an electronic device during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has ensured that they are not isolated thereby improving their psycho-social health and wellbeing.

 

It is estimated that each year over 300 000 babies with severe forms of these diseases are born worldwide, the majority in low and middle income countries. Approximately 5% of the world's population are healthy carriers of a gene for sickle-cell disease or thalassaemia." -WHO on Sickel Cell disease.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects 100,000 individuals in the United States and many more world-wide. A major cause of morbidity and mortality in these individuals is acute chest syndrome (ACS) which includes chest pain, cough, fever, hypoxia (low oxygen level) and lung infiltrates. 

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