Welcome to the Sickle Cell Society, Inc.
The Murray - Irvis Genetic Disease Center

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that decreases the blood's ability to deliver life-giving oxygen to the body.  This disease affects millions of people in the United States alone. While the disease primarily affects people of color, the gene that causes sickle cell disease can be found in all ethnicities.  The painful truth of this inherited disease is a challenge for all who are forced to face it.

It is a challenge that need not be faced alone.

The Society offers adult SCD patients and families an educational resource and comprehensive treatment center that ensures complete access to medical, psychosocial and educational services.  We are here for you in every way possible; with a holistic approach to early diagnosis and on-going treatment that improves a patient's ability to understand, fight and manage the effects of sickle cell disease.

The information on these pages can help you better understand what you need to know about SCD:

  • What is sickle cell disease?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Why is getting tested so important?
  • What treatments are available? 

If you have a question or concern that is not answered here, we invite you to contact us at the Society.