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File #: 190516    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/6/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/6/2019
Title: Recognizing the 10th Anniversary of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, and declaring June 19, 2019 as Sickle Cell Awareness Day in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19051600
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Recognizing the 10th Anniversary of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, and declaring June 19, 2019 as Sickle Cell Awareness Day in the City of Philadelphia.
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WHEREAS, Sickle Cell Disease is one of the world's foremost genetic diseases, and has severe physical, psychological and social consequences for those affected and their families. In its homozygote form, it is one of the most lethal genetic diseases; and

WHEREAS, On December 22, 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution, initially sponsored by the Congo, to recognize Sickle Cell Disease as a serious world health problem and declare June 19th of every year as "World Sickle Cell Awareness Day"; and

WHEREAS, Since 2009, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has served to increase public knowledge about this worldwide public health concern and the struggles that those with Sickle Cell Disease face; and

WHEREAS, June 19, 2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.
Members of the Philadelphia community are organizing a "Shine the Light on Sickle Cell Disease" event in celebration of this landmark anniversary; and

WHEREAS, The goal of the "Shine the Light on Sickle Cell Disease" is to increase awareness, build support networks, raise critical resources, and strengthen the community's collective resolve to advocate for access to services and a cure for Sickle Cell Disease; and

WHEREAS, Sickle Cell Disease affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, and millions worldwide. There is a serious need to continue to raise public awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and to eliminate harmful prejudices associated with the disease; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby recognizes the 10th Anniversary of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, and declares June 19, 2019 as Sickle Cell Awareness Day in the City of Philadelphia.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That an Engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to the...

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