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Who We Are

Martin Center, Inc. is a human services agency founded in 1969 by the late Rev. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B., and Dr. Raymond Pierce. Martin Center has remained dedicated to providing a “holistic approach” to clients battling the effects of Sickle Cell in our community for over 40 years. Martin Center assumed the name Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative (MCSCI) in September 2012 in order to have its name more directly reflect its mission.

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative exists to aid and enhance the lives of those affected by Sickle Cell and associated disorders by providing services, education, and advocacy.

We are committed to providing essential programs and services to benefit individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell. We also educate clients as well as community members by providing access to quality educational experiences. MCSCI works with educators, medical professionals, schools and caregivers in the provision of our services and we strive to build public awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and other abnormal hemoglobin conditions that primarily impact African-Americans, Arabs, Asians and Latinos. Building public awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and associated disorders is necessary in the fight against Sickle Cell.

MCSCI strives to address today’s needs and reduce tomorrow’s barriers within the Sickle Cell Community by providing assistance to the individuals and families impacted by Sickle Cell.

Message from the President

Gary Gibson Throughout 2014, we have been saying that “There is hope on the horizon for Sickle Cell.” We say this because there are many promising developments that will one day improve life for those affected by SCD. Yet, the fact is that the hope is still out there on the horizon. There still is no widely available cure and treatment therapies still are not standardized. This means that the pain of SCD has not stopped. It also means that the challenges continue to mount for the hundreds of families that we serve on an annual basis. Lastly, it means that there is a need for you to help us make a difference in their lives by supporting our 2015 Annual Campaign.

Your donation to our annual campaign can help Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative leverage its resources so that we can provide the type of support that is needed to help our clients better manage the trials in their lives. Your donation will help make it possible for us to offer more social service assistance, counseling, transportation assistance, support group activities and emergency financial assistance to those who have needs greater than those of most people.

Our 2015 annual campaign offers you the chance to join with us in our efforts to stop some of the pain of Sickle Cell. Please… help us bring more quality to the lives of hundreds of patients and their families by donating today.

Thank You!

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Gary A. Gibson President and CEO

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