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Readout From the First Lady’s Roundtable on Improving the Lives of Americans Living With Sickle Cell Disease

First Lady Melania Trump and the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) hosted a roundtable on “Improving the Lives of Americans Living With Sickle Cell Disease” in recognition of National Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month. For the first time since 1983, the White House has elevated this important issue with a Presidential Proclamation issued by President Trump on August 31, 2020.

The First Lady opened the roundtable by reaffirming the goal of finding a cure and highlighted the children’s well-being pillar of her Be Best initiative, noting that the effects of SCD often begin in early childhood. Mrs. Trump also pointed out that progress has been made through early identification and new life-saving therapies, but noted that there is still much more to do.