With an eye toward a Campus for Caring, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee is moving to purchase the historic Hunt-Phelan home and redevelop adjacent real estate.
In the U.S., sickle-cell disease is most prevalent among African-Americans and Hispanics. It strikes one in 375 African-American children. Patients can suffer debilitating pain, swelling, infections, stroke and life-threatening organ damage, which can lead to a shorter life.
The nonprofit envisions a dramatic expansion to serve more people at home and abroad. Foundation representatives are meeting with donors as part of a $2 million campaign to finance the phased-in development of its Campus for Caring during the next few years.
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
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