L.D. Barksdale strives to optimize the quality of healthcare and the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by the presence of Sickle Cell Disease.
Our History: Past, Present, and Future
The L.D. Barksdale Sickle Cell Foundation was founded in 1974 by Louvenia D. Barksdale. We provide assistance to those impacted by sickle cell disease. Since our inception, we have served over 20,000 patients. Today, we are serving 15 counties in the Upstate and Midlands regions of South Carolina through testing, programs, outreach, events, and patient assistance.
What is sickle cell?
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder which affects the shape of red blood cells. An individual with SCD produces excess hemoglobin, thus causing the development of rigid sickle-shaped red blood cells.
These red blood cells have a short lifespan and are unable to move through the body's small blood vessels. This can cause a multitude of health problems such as:
Decreased Oxygen Flow Throughout the Body
Acute Chest Syndrome
Sickle Cell Disease treatment can be high and often unaffordable to most people. Patients require a wide range of medications, as the illness affects multiple organs.
There are many stigmas surrounding sickle cell, which is why it's important for SCD advocacy and awareness. Donations ensure that patients with SCD receive necessary medical attention that would extend their lifespan and contribute to further research about the disease.