Sickle cell nightmare, what you can do to help? By Toyin Adesola
In my 50 years of living with sickle anaemia cell disorder, I have come across very heart wrenching stories. I am sure some of you have more sorry tales to tell about relatives of friends who suffer from the terrible condition. The case of Abiodun Abidemi Bakare below is one of such heart-wrenching cases that prompted this post in the first place.
Biodun was born with the Sickle Cell Anemia. The young man’s condition deteriorated after he wrapped up his final exams in the Onabisi Onabanjo University. He has lost all of the muscle functions in his lower body and the pain he goes through daily is better imagined than described. Abiodun urgently needs Hips and Knee replacement surgery. We hope to send him abroad for the replacement surgeries as soon as he is done with physiotherapy. Today his life hangs in the balance. He had to miss the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on account of his illness.
There are thousands of people with sickle cell like Biodun, some of them going through worse situations that our organization caters for. We need your help to be able to continue in providing help for the special kind of people.
SICKLE CELL ADVOCACY & MANAGEMENT INITIATICE (SAMI) NEEDS YOUR N500
That’s why we need your N500 for the N500 by 1m (one million) campaign. The N500 by 1m campaign is an initiative set up to encourage 1m (one million) Nigerians to donate N500 or more. Sickle Cell Advocacy aims to provide urgently needed medication, life-saving surgeries as well as counseling and public awareness programs through the monies we generate from the campaign. With your kind donations, we will be able to provide even more support to improve the lives of those living with sickle cell in the country. Sickle Cell is no longer a death sentence, with proper care and management they can live a well fulfilled and purposeful life, just like I have
So what is N500 worth to you? It could be the difference between improving the quality of life for people with sickle cell,or allowing them waste away in agonizing pain. Why not join other Nigerians and I in this fight against sickle cell Anemia?
Please send in your N500 or more to either of these accounts:
GTBank: Sickle Cell Advocacy & Mgt Initiative Account 0008294592
EcoBank: Sickle Cell Advocacy & Mgt Initiative Account 0052126735
Or through our online portal via our website
For more information visit the SAMI website at www.sicklecelladvocacy.org and join the conversation on our social media platforms;
Youtube: SAMITVNG with the hashtags #500by1m or #WhatcanyoudowithN500?