Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia

Dear Senator Shafer:

I write to express our enthusiastic support of Senate Bill 148, Saving the Cure Act (Keone’s Law).

Stem cells from nonembryonic sources like umbilical cord blood have been shown effective in treating sickle cell anemia, but sickle cell patients often have trouble locating cells that are a close enough “match.”  Your bill creates an urgently needed system for collecting postnatal tissue and fluid that should help the who suffer from sickle cell and a host of other diseases.

The passage of Senate Bill 148 is important to all sickle cell patients.  We appreciate your leadership in this effort and are proud to stand with you.

Very truly yours,

D. Jean Brannan
President and Chief Operating Officer
Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia