Sickle Cell Patient Support Group Sponsors “I’m So Sick of Turkey” Fundraiser

November 21, 2006

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Sickle Cell Patient Action Network (SCPAN) will sponsor an “I’m So Sick of Turkey” fundraiser at Pizza Hut, 2721 Peters Creek Parkway, Monday, Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from pizza sales will be donated to the support group.

SCPAN is a networking and support group of patients, caregivers and others who advocate for the rights of people with sickle cell disease and provide education and awareness about research and treatment of the disease. Organizers hope that people, who are tired of Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, will be encouraged to order a pizza for a good cause.

“The support group provides an invaluable service to our patients and their families,” said Stephany Coakley at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program. “Fundraisers like this help us to provide more services to help sickle cell disease patients and caregivers cope with a painful, chronic illness.”

For information about the fundraiser, contact Sheila Dawkins,(336) 995-9120, or Sherry Wardlow, (336) 788-5453.

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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