Navigation Links
Ruben Studdard, American Idol Winner and R&B Pop Star, Spreads the Word about Sickle Cell Disease and the Dangers of Iron Overload
Date:6/17/2009

National tour kicks-off June 19 at the United Nations

NEW YORK, June 17 /PRNewswire/ --

Event Highlights:

  • Performance by Ruben Studdard, including the world premiere of "I Am a Fighter," a song inspired by Be Sickle Smart
  • United Nations declaration of World Sickle Cell Day
  • Mayor Bloomberg of New York declares his support for the Be Sickle Smart program
  • Free screenings for a serious and under-recognized condition called iron overload

    WHAT:    The Be Sickle Smart "Empowerment Day" national tour begins in
             New York City in partnership with local SCDAA chapters - Sickle
             Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network (SCTPN) and Queens Sickle Cell
             Advocacy Network (QSCAN). The event educates those living with
             sickle cell disease (SCD) about the risk for iron overload due
             to blood transfusions. The event will include:

             -- Educational seminars with Dr. James T. D'Olimpio M.D. FACP,
                Director, Supportive and Palliative Programs in Hematology
                and Oncology, Monter Cancer Center of North Shore University
                Hospital
             -- Performances by Ruben Studdard with meet and greet
             -- Debut and autographed copies of "Just Like Me" a children's
                book authored by pediatric nurse practitioner, Tina Taylor
                (available in English and Spanish)
             -- Free, on-site iron overload screenings (serum ferritin tests)
                for eligible patients
             -- Declaration of support from Mayor Bloomberg's office

    WHO:     Interview opportunities with Ruben Studdard, SCDAA spokesperson
             Dr. Loretta Jordan, Dr. D'Olimpio, Tina Taylor, and a person
             living with SCD

    WHEN:    Friday, June 19, 2009; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
             -- Ruben Studdard performances at 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
             -- Book reading by children's author Tina Taylor and signing at
                4:30 p.m.
             -- Iron Overload Screenings 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    WHERE:   Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 1st Avenue & 47th Street, New York, NY
             (Across the street from the UN)

    WHY:     Many people with SCD receive blood transfusions to help treat
             their disease. While transfusions have important benefits, they
             also can lead to a dangerous buildup of iron called iron
             overload. Iron overload, characterized by the build-up of excess
             iron within tissues, can develop after as few as 10 blood
             transfusions.  While the condition may lead to heart failure,
             diabetes, liver damage, or even affect sexual development in
             young people or compromise the immune system, many patients
             don't recognize these symptoms until substantial damage has
             already occurred. A simple blood test called a serum ferritin
             test can indicate if someone is at risk for iron overload due
             to blood transfusions. A serum ferritin level of over 1,000
             mcg/L means that a person may be at risk for iron overload and
             should talk with their physicians about treatment options.

             More than 70,000 people in the U.S. have SCD, and one in 100
             Hispanic Americans has the sickle cell trait.

             Be Sickle Smart is a nationwide grassroots health-education
             program aimed at increasing awareness of iron overload among
             people living with sickle cell disease. In association with the
             National SCDAA, local chapters of the SCDAA and patient advocacy
             groups, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is proud to sponsor
             of the Be Sickle Smart "Empowerment Day" national tour. For
             additional information about sickle cell disease and iron
             overload, a list of tour dates, or to download and listen to
             Ruben Studdard's song, go to www.besicklesmart.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Luz Varela (212) 704-8156; Nupur Raghunath, (212) 704-4435


'/>"/>
SOURCE Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mr. Ruben Jose King-Shaw Jr. to Join KineMatik Board of Directors
2. Rubenstein Public Relations Retained To Provide Publicity for Foremost Nasal and Cosmetic Surgeon
3. Rubenstein Public Relations to Launch National Campaign for The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
4. Association of Academic Health Centers Names University of Pennsylvanias Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein Chairman of the Board of Directors
5. The American Society of Transplantation Announces Dr. Joren C. Madsen as President
6. Ocean Spray Teams Up With the American Heart Associations Go Red For Women and Its Go Red BetterU Program
7. Stephen D. Faro Joins North American Spine as Chief Operating Officer
8. Safety-Kleen Announces $100,000 Commitment to American Heart Association Start! Dallas Heart Walk
9. Philadelphia Cancer Patients to Benefit from Expansion of the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program
10. New Poll Finds Most Americans Support Including Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in National Health Care Reform; All Demographics Report Personal Experience With the Disease
11. American Imaging Management Launches Program with Regence
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... Southland Log Homes , designer and manufacturer of America’s Favorite Log ... be found on its website at SouthlandLogHomes.com. , The designs of the wood ... craftsmanship of timber post and beam construction. The result is a barn that ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... factors of a stroke, which we as a society can control and change. , ... stroke occurs nearly every 40 seconds within the United States. Plus, with an estimated ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in the health ... of leaders in the nursing and health care industry. It also provides insight to ... Christian University. , As the nursing industry is coming out of one of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... W.S. Badger ... has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of ... of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... On Memorial ... and women who lost their lives in military battle for the country. The ... in 2015 to provide more programs that empower independence for disabled military veterans, as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) ... and co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop and ... to develop and market PITX2 as a marker to predict ... breast cancer patients. "We are pleased to partner ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... NEW YORK , May 25, 2016  According ... devices reached $381 billion in 2015.  Though these ... still plenty of opportunity for success for companies ... end, in search of new growth prospects medical ... revenue on research and development (R&D) than do ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... May 25, 2016 As illustrated ... earlier this month, the numbers and momentum of cannabis ... climb into the billions, more research and development push ... Edition State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report  from from ... firm, much of the increase in sector is attributed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: