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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.

2014 Indiana Sickle Cell Conference

Sickle Cell Disease: Hope on the Horizon

April 25, 2014: 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Ivy Tech Community College
Corporate Conference and Culinary Center
2820 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208


  • Keynote Address by Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Scientist and Attending Hematologist, and Director Emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Medical Presentations by:
    • Dr. Lewis Hsu, Children’s Hospital of University of Illinois
    • Dr. Jeremie Estepp, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    • Dr. Scott Goebel, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
  • Patient Perspectives Panel
  • Presentations on Alternative Therapies
  • Vendor Exhibits
  • And more!

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