NATIONAL LAUNCH OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE STAMP SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 4 AT UNTHSC

October 28, 2004

The national unveiling of the United States Postal Serviceâ??s Sickle Cell Disease Awareness stamp will take place Nov. 4 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

The unveiling and second day cancellation ceremony is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Education and Administration Building, Luibel Hall on the health science center campus. The ceremony will include remarks from UNT Health Science Center President Ronald Blanck, DO; John Vallie, postmaster for Fort Worth; Mary Ann Skiba, DO, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the health science enter; and Roy Brooks, founder of the Fort Worth Sickle Cells Disease Association.

The unveiling of the stamp will be followed by a reception where Sickle Cell Stamps will be available for purchase.

Sickle cell disease is a type of hereditary blood disorder affecting red blood cells. The cells contain an abnormal type of hemoglobin, the main substance of the red blood cell, which can result in sickle-shaped cells. These cells often have difficulty passing through small blood vessels, causing a lack of blood flow to certain parts of the body. Complications of sickle cell disease result from the lack of blood flow. There is currently no cure for sickle cell disease.

The UNT Health Science Center is located at 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard in the cultural district of Fort Worth.

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Contact: Kay Colley at 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, or e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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