On Friday, March 15, 2024, the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation Corporation International (SCAFCI) hosted its annual Educational Research Symposium at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. Topics ranged from cutting-edge gene therapy to the significance of blood transfusions.
 
Yadira Navarro, Director of Community and Stakeholder Relations, underscored NYBC’s unwavering commitment to the sickle cell community, highlighting collaborative efforts with SCAFCI and the essential role of a healthy blood supply in supporting chronically transfused patients. Several medical professionals within the sickle cell community also shared best practices and promising medications for consideration. The event also featured compelling stories from individuals directly impacted by sickle cell disease, who shared their personal experiences. 

One poignant moment was the presentation of a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to Navarro and Dr. Cheryl Mensah, a distinguished hematologist, by a representative from Congressman Gregory Meeks’ office. This honor recognizes the collective efforts of NYBC and its partners in providing support and advocating for advancements in sickle cell research and care. Navarro’s contributions, further demonstrate our part in serving those affected by sickle cell anemia.