A message from our Founder, the late, Dr. Donald W. Spigner.
In 1994, eight local African-American physicians met with the PA Secretary of Health at my home where we committed ourselves to developing a program to address the needs of the sickle cell patients (SCD) in our region.
We were motivated by the recent death of a sixteen year old girl who had had surgery for an acute gall bladder attack. She survived the surgery but succumbed in the immediate post-operative period.
As we reviewed the situation we recognized that there were a host of problems that SCD patients faced. We decided that the limited knowledge, resources and skills for managing SCD patients would no longer be tolerated.
Your continued support is critical to our ability to continue and expand our client base and service diversity.
Donald W. Spigner, MD, (deceased 10/31/15)
SCPASCC Founder and Board Member
Donald W. Spigner, MD coordinated a meeting at his home, where all committed themselves to developing a program to address the needs of persons with sickle cell disease in Central Pennsylvania. The physicians were motivated by the recent death of a sixteen (16) year old girl, at the time, that had surgery for an acute gall bladder attack. The 16 year old girl survived the surgery but succumbed in the immediate post-operative period. As the situation was reviewed by the eight physicians, they recognized that there were, a host of problems that persons with sickle cell disease (SCD) faced. The group decided that the limited knowledge, resources and skills of the medical community and others for managing persons with sickle cell disease would no longer be tolerated.
The South Central Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council (SCPASCC) was incorporated in November of 1994 and is a 501(c)3) non profit organization that provides education and health services to persons with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) and their families. Since September 2004, SCPASCC partners with the Sickle Cell Clinic of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA to deliver comprehensive services. The Sickle Cell Clinic operates two days per month directed by James Powell, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Sickle Cell Disease Commemorative Stamp
Through the efforts of Dr. Donald W. Spigner, MD and the Board of Directors of South Central Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council, the idea for the development of the Sickle Cell Disease commemorative stamp was born.
The unveiling of the sickle cell commemorative postage stamp occurred September 2003 in Los Angeles, California and the stamp was issued for sale September 29, 2004 at the national conference of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) in Atlanta, Georgia. We are very proud!