The Sickle Cell Foundation of Alberta (SCFA) is a volunteer-based organization in Alberta dedicated to creating awareness about sickle cell disease and to providing services to sickle cell patients. SCFA was founded in 2001 by Dr Ekua Yorke and Dr Jojo Yorke. Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most common childhood-onset, single-gene disorder. Our mission is to help sickle cell patients deal with their condition, supporting them to achieve improved quality of life and well-being and attaining their full potential. The users of our services range from infants to adults. Some of the group are themselves the patients while others users are parents, family members and health care providers.
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Extremely cold weather can trigger a pain crisis in a child. Even when bundled up in a snowsuit, the shift in temperature may be enough to cause red blood cells to begin sickling in just a few minutes of outdoor play.