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Daphne Matthews-Johnson

The Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana, Inc. (SCAK) is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that provides education, support, and advocacy for individuals with sickle cell disease and their families.

SCAK is dedicated to increasing awareness of this disease and supporting endeavors that assure prompt and appropriate medical care. Our target audience, however, is not limited to those personally affected by sickle cell. Our mission encompasses educating the lay community as well as the medical community about the disease and resources available.

SCAK, founded in October 2000, has been an advocate and resource for patients and families throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Thus far, this has been achieved through support groups, community outreach opportunities, and efforts to establish a comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Excellence. SCAK currently has approximately 50 members and is continuing to grow. The University of Louisville Medical Student Sickle Cell Project (MSSCP), in collaboration with Dr. Suzanne Ildstad and the Institute for Cellular Therapeutics (ICT), are founding members of SCAK and have been consistently involved with the association since its inception. A strategic plan is in place for the growth and development of SCAK’s success.

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