Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the Seven Pearls Foundation steps up for Sickle Cell

Memphis is known for charitable giving. But on July 15th it was the sisterhood of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. that was being charitable. The Seven Pearls Foundation Inc., a 501 (C)3 entity of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. came to town to host a conference on Sickle Cell. These ladies will long be remembered for their generous donation to the Sickle Cell Foundation of TN and for all the work they put into this very educational, uplifting, and entertaining event. We sat down with Dr. Patricia Graves to talk about the conference, the state of Sickle Cell care in our region, and about the Legacy Dr Trevor K Thompson left behind.

A few of our local Champions answer the call!

Dr. Patricia Graves Speaks

Dr. Adams-Graves is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board of Hematology and the American Board of Medical Oncology. Her special interests include Hematology, Oncology, and Sickle Cell Disease. Dr. Adams-Graves is a member of the American Cancer Society and American College of Physicians and is a recipient of the Excellence in Clinical Education Award from the University of Louisville.

Champions are needed!

The ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. answered a call for champions in an area of medicine that is in desperate need of support. Nationwide funding for Sickle Cell research is very low. Sharon Begley, senior science writer for StatNews.com share this quote from Dr David Williams; There is no moonshot for sickle cell. There are no “ice bucket challenges.” When fundraisers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Williams is president of the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, ask donors to support sickle cell research, benefactors say they prefer to fund efforts that promise to help the adorable little kids stricken with cancer.

Because of this lack of funding for research in the fight against Sickle Cell, Doctors and organizations like the Sickle Cell Foundation of TN are in need of champions to advocate, to volunteer, and to donate. Dr. Patricia Graves is a pillar of support for Sickle Cell consumers and her dedication to this cause can be seen and heard as she takes a stand in meetings and board rooms advocating for more focus on this disease.

The Seven Pearls Conference was just the kind of support the Sickle Cell Foundation of TN needs as it continues the fight started by it’s founder Dr. Trevor K. Thompson.

April Rhine

April talks about the changes Dr. Patricia Graves brought to the ER treatment of Sickle Cell consumers. She goes on to talk about how the word “No” is not acceptable to her. She also speaks about her mother in a very moving tribute.

About the Seven Pearls Foundation

The Seven Pearls Foundation, Inc. was established December 2004; and received its permanent 501 (C)3 status, 2008. The Foundation is headquartered at 1000 South hill Drive, Suite 201, Cary, NC; is registered with the State of North Carolina and the Internal Revenue Service.

The Foundation’s mission is based on seven foci:

  • To protect all real property of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • To be the conduit for receiving corporate and grant funding
  • To develop strategies that promote a positive service image of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • To develop partnerships that support region initiatives
  • To support the technology initiatives at headquarters
  • To identify resources and strategies that will assist in eliminating the mortgage
  • To host the Life Member Luncheon during the Boule.

The Foundation is comprised of the President & CEO, one representative from each of the five Regions of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., a Legal Consultant, and a Treasurer Emeritus. Additionally, the Foundation has identified a corporate group who serve as an extension of the Seven Pearls Board. The corporate group will strengthen the board’s credibility in the corporate arena.

Angela Walker

Angela recalls how she discovered she had Sickle Cell and what she had to do to save her life. Refocus and a will to be stronger than Sickle Cell.

You Can Be A Champion!

We invite you to join us as a Champion by coming out in support of the Mark Walden Memorial Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee (SCFT) on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Autozone Park (corner of Union and Third).

The Sickle Cell 5K Run Walk in Memphis originated in 2007 by the Alpha Memphis Education Foundation. It was developed to create a greater awareness in the Memphis community of Sickle Cell Disease and to raise money for patient care, social services, and research. Presently, the event is under the leadership of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit individuals living with Sickle Cell. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with this debilitating disease.

James E. Gates

James was born with Sickle Cell Disease, but his purpose and passion in life is rooted in something much larger than himself or his disease. James revels in finding unique ways to inspire, inform, and improve peoples’ lives. Is was written with the aim of doing just that!

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