President Dotty Nicholas’ Message
“Make Our Mission Your Mission”
As the newly elected President of the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario, I am proud to start the new year with a Board of Directors that is energetic, committed to the cause, and dedicated to the vision.

The Sickle Cell Awareness Group has been serving the community for over 10 years and has maintained a long record of outstanding services, to individuals and families with Sickle Cell Disease.

We have been instrumental in advocating for improved patient services, and better management and treatment of those affected with this disease. We will continue to build relationships, create shared visions for the future, develop strategies for implementing these visions, recognize the value of team work, assess results achieved, and identify our strengths and weaknesses. We encourage you to support us with your time and donation. Thank you.

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What is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)? Sickle Cell Disease (also called Sickle Cell Anemia) is a group of red blood cell disorders you have inherited and are born with. Sickle cell disease is caused by an abnormal form of Hemoglobin. This is the part of your red blood cell that carries oxygen around the body and keeps your vital organs working. In sickle cell disease, the abnormal Hemoglobin (HbS) is not able to work properly. The red blood cells become stiff and block up the blood vessels in your body, causing pain and damage, and they also get destroyed quickly, leading to anemia and other complications. Currently there is no universal cure for sickle cell disease — Read more

What is Hydroxyurea? Hydroxyurea is a drug (capsule) that was originally used to treat some forms of blood cancer (Leukemia) and blood disorders that can later turn into Leukemia. It has been used for over 15 years to treat sickle cell disease. Hydroxyurea works in a few different ways, but the main way is to increase your body’s production of Fetal (baby) Hemoglobin. We know that this then protects you against sickle cell disease. It is a safe drug and there is no evidence to suggest increases the risk of cancer in patients with sickle cell disease. Like all drugs, it does have some side effects, and you need regular blood test monitoring. Also, unlike pain killers which you take when required, Hydroxyurea must be taken every day to be effective. Hydroxyurea is the only drug therapy available for sickle cell disease and has been shown to prolong survival, reduce pain episodes and some of the complications. Unless you have been told by a specialist that you have very mild Sickle Cell Disease, you should consider going on the drug.– Learn more

HIV-O Group 1 The Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario in collaboration with Sickle Cell Association of Ontario and Association d’Anémie Falciforme du  Quebec wrote Health Canada on its stand on the Permanent deferral of donors who have lived in or travelled to certain African countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger or Nigeria) since 1977 and the sexual partners of these potential blood donors.

 Wednesday March 19th, 2014 MPP Introduced Bill to Improve Sickle Cell Care in Ontario  read more

Sickle Cell & Thalassemic Disorders Act
SCAGO is a proud member of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada (SCDAC). Founded in 2012, SCDAC is the national body regulating patient advocacy and support in Canada. It currently has 6 member organizations.