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community advocates

Karen Proudford, PhD

Community Advocate
President & Founder
Wm E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund
Post Office Box 42411 
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Dr. Karen Proudford is President of the William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. (WEPSCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about sickle cell disease, disseminating information about the disease and bringing hope to those who suffer from its devastating effects. The organization, which is named after her father, supports state-of-the-art treatment and research, organizes activities for families affected by sickle cell and works in collaboration with community-based organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to advocate for heightened visibility, improved care, and increased funding. The WEPSCF’s annual event recognizes parents, health care professionals, public officials, schools, media outlets and other stakeholders who advance the cause of sickle cell awareness. The WEPSCF has given major donations to the Nemours duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware (2011), and the Sickle Cell Center for Adults at Johns Hopkins (2014) and is currently supporting Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Proudford has served as a member of the Maryland Statewide Committee on Services for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease, is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross – Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region Blood Services Division, and is currently a member of the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board. In 2017, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Leadership at the Roland B. Scott Symposium, Howard University.

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