"The only preventative mesure is through education." said Delores Williams-Edwards, Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Southern CT, Inc.
On Tuesday afternoon
, Mayor Richard Moccia proclaimed September as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
While reading the Proclamation, Mayor Richard Moccia said "I, Richard A. Moccia, Mayor of the City of Norwalk Connecticut, proclaim this month as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and recognize the work of this wonderful association."
Sickle Cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. The disorder affects 100 thousand Americans and currently has no cure.
"The disease affects people whose ancestors come from Africa, Greece, Italy, Arabia, India, Asia and the Caribbean." read Mayor Moccia.
Williams-Edwards added "Our main goal is to try to educate. We pass it down through two major hospitals as well as the two community based organizations. We are also going to the schools as much as we can to do our education curriculum that we have."
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America of Southern Connecticut, Inc. says it is important to educate the community about an illness that many do not know about.
Yolanda Skinner, Chairman of the NAACP Health Committee said "We just want to get the word out to our community that one, you can live well with the disease. There are things you can do to be as healthy as you can and I am hoping to raise some money so that one day we can possibly eradicate this disease."