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.
You may be aware that there have been many advances in the field of Sickle Cell in recent years. Improvements in treatment protocols, expanding research activities and the ongoing development of several new drugs are signs that there is much reason for hope in the years ahead. We are excited about these promising trends but we are also very aware of the needs that are not being met for the clients that we serve.
As a result of these advancements, Sickle Cell Disease patients are living longer lives. But they are not necessarily living better lives. That's because Sickle Cell still takes its toll on them in so many ways. Acute and chronic pain episodes are still leading to multiple hospitalizations per year resulting in educational, employment and financial challenges that create great burdens in the lives of those who did nothing to cause their circumstances.
Your donation to our annual campaign can help Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative be in a better position to provide the kind of support that is needed to help Sickle Cell patients cope with the sometimes overwhelming adversities in their lives. Your donation can help make it possible to provide more social service support, counseling and emergency financial assistance to those who have needs greater than you might be able to imagine.
We have been helping those affected by Sickle Cell for over 43 years. Our 2014 annual campaign offers you the chance to join with us in our efforts to stop the pain of Sickle Cell in any way that we can. This is your opportunity to support a cause that is historically underfunded and disparately treated. Please help us bring more quality to the lives of hundreds of patients and their families by donating today.
Gary A. Gibson