Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast

Sickle Cell Foundation of Pam Beach County & Treasure Coast, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that administers public funds, private grants and donations for education and services to persons with Sickle Cell Disease/Trait and their families in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties.

Our Mission: "To improve the quality of life for persons with Sickle Cell Disease/Trait and members of their family, and educate the public about this devastating hereditary blood disorder. Targeted communities are educated on preventing Black babies from dying."

Our Vision: "To be the preeminent provider of education and supportive services for persons with Sickle Cell Disease/Trait and members of their families; and, an esteemed resource for offering professional development seminars about Sickle Cell Disease/Trait for educators, health and human services providers, employers and the general public."

Our service area is home to more than 30,000 persons who are affected by the Sickle gene. Our headquarters are in West Palm Beach and we also have an office in Riviera Beach.

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Tiffany Kenney's Medical Alert
Tiffany Kenney - Medical Alert on Sickle (ABC 25 WPBF News) provides a spotlight on Sickle Cell Disease & Exertional Sickling.

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Meet our Youth Leadership

2013-2015 Poster Child

Dameneka AfrikaDameneka Afrika was selected as the 2013– 2015 poster child for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast, Inc. because she's intelligent, dependable, far from being shy, and an excellent speaker. Demeneka is a 15 year who enjoys reading, playing the violin, and listening to music.

She believes all children, teens, and adults who inherit the Sickle Cell Trait or Disease are capable of living their lives to the fullest. Dameneka doesn't let a life threatening disease stop her from doing what she loves the most; playing the violin. Dameneka has been playing the violin since she was four years old and hasn't let that disease stop her from doing so. Although living with this disease is very challenging, Dameneka feels as if she can inspire others and that's what makes her stronger everyday. She wants to spread the awareness to those who think that this disease is not serious.


Jazmine MorrisJazmine Morris, was selected as Ambassador for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast. Jazmine is a 15 year old who is motivated when it comes to her education and the Sickle Cell Disease and/or Trait. This disease inspires her to become a Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist. Jazmine wants to be an advocate for those who have been diagnosed with this disease, educate those who don't know anything about it, and let those who are carrying this trait or disease be well aware of it. Jazmine wants to make sure that she's academically prepared for what the future has in store for her. She wants to be sure that her peers and teachers know that she is passionate about her future and future career. Jazmine's determined and eager to educate those who don't understand this disease or trait.

Ambassador - Community Voice

Nadera DerosierNadera Derosier a very outgoing, confident, determined and ready at will, 15 year old girl with Sickle Cell Anemia, is the very first ambassador of our Sickle Cell Community Voice Program, due to her leadership, high strong passion. Based on her experience of being in and out of the hospital, Nadera knows how it feels as if you can't push yourself any further, yet she surpasses it . But Nadera’s motto is, "Sickle Cell doesn't overcome me, I overcome Sickle Cell". Nadera is ready to educate the youth on what's been the bigger issue then presented, Sickle Cell Disease.

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Property Appraiser's Office presents a Check to the Sickle Cell Foundation

West Palm Beach -- Property Appraiser Gary R. Nikolits, CFA, presented a check for $4,340 to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast. The check represents the funds raised this year by employees of the Property Appraiser's Office for the 2013 5K Walk of Support. Every year, the employees raise money through pledges and other events, including Dress Down Week and Bake Sale. An employee committee produces the fund-raising events.

Photo ID: Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits with Bruce Glover, and PAO Committee members (left to right) Diana Pittman, Roma Ramkumar and Mike Pratt.

March 1, 2014: 25th Annual Eva W. Mack Luncheon (PHOTOS)

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