ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
The Sickle Cell Disease Patient & Family Educational Symposium (known throughout the sickle cell community as the Warrior Convention) was founded in 2013 by Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. as an annual gathering of sickle cell patients and caregivers. The Convention is designed, created and hosted entirely by the sickle cell patient and family community. Now in its fifth year, the meeting has grown in size and scope, featuring our most robust agenda to date.
Each year the meeting is hosted by a partnership of sickle cell community-based organizations, patients and advisors. We are pleased to announce the 2018 symposium will be hosted by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee and the Sickle Cell Champions Association (SCCA), in partnership with Hope for SCD and the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates (IASCNAPA).
With a focus on Warrior Mental Health, and tracks designed specifically for teens and young adults, children and caregivers, and warrior men, the 2018 Convention will bring together our largest representation of Warriors and Caregivers since we began in 2013. The agenda is designed by the sickle cell community with topics identified by patients, caregivers and healthcare supporters, ranging from “Parenting Issues from Birth to Adult” and “The Science of Sickle Cell” to “Sickle Cell Mental Health” and “Sickle Cell and College Life”.
We hope to see you soon!
Lakiea J Bailey, Ph.D.
Sickle Cell Community Consortium