Below are responses to some frequently asked questions about Sickle Cell and the Association.

About Sickle Cell

No. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited disorder.
A universal cure for sickle cell has not yet been discovered. Bone marrow transplants have cured sickle cell in some individuals, but the procedure is risky and has a high chance of failure. Many doctors believe that the research currently being done on gene therapy is the first step in finding a viable cure for sickle cell disease.
People with Sicle Cell trait inherit a normal hemoglobin gene (Hb A) from one parent, and a Sickle hemoglobin gene (Hb S) from the other parent. This results in hemoglobin AS or Sickle Cell trait. A person with Sickle Cell trait may also be called a Sickle Cell carrier.

Sickle Cell trait is not a disease. It does not turn into Sicle Cell Disease/Anemia. It is not contagious. People with Sickle Cell trait are not sick. They can lead normal lives and have minimal medical problems due to Sickle Cell trait. For a few people, painful episodes may occur if they fly in unpressurized planes at high altitudes. Some people with Sickle Cell trait may occasionally have blood in their urine. If these problems occur, a physician should be notified.

Counseling and education regarding the Sickle Cell trait are important because the sickle gene can be passed to any carrier’s children.
No. Sickle Cell Disease is common in people whose ancestors are from South America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

About the Association

The Sickle Cell Association provides needed support to families and individuals who are suffering from our supporting someone living with Sickle Cell Disease. We are instrumental in advocating for these individuals when they are unable to do so for themselves. Through education, we are raising awareness of the disease to help reduce the incidences of it's most severe form, Sickle Cell Anemia until the day there is a cure.
Yes, the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency. All donations are tax deductible.
Tax receipts are issued immediately for donations made online. For offline donations, tax receipts will be issued for donations over $15.00 by end of February for the previous tax year.
No. We welcome anyone who is sympathetic to the needs of those suffering with Sickle Cell Disease and would like to support the cause.