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Presidential message on national sickle cell disease awareness month


During National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month, we stand with those fighting sickle cell disease (SCD) and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to finding a cure for this group of hereditary red blood cell disorders.

Bone marrow and stem cell transplants are the only current forms of treatment with the potential to cure this disease.  These procedures have a high disease-free survival rate, but it can be difficult to find a matching donor.

My Administration is committed to supporting research to develop a cure to SCD that is available to all people, expanding on the achievements of current treatment options.  Clinical trials to accelerate the development of new gene and cell-based therapies within the next 5 to 10 years will be conducted as part of the National Institutes of Health’s Cure Sickle Cell Initiative, which will launch this month. 


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