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WHEREAS, Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells, People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin; and

WHEREAS, Sickle Cell is more than 3 times as common as other genetic disorders in the United States; and

WHEREAS, an estimated 100,000 people live with Sickle Cell Disease in the United States and people of African ancestry make up 90% of the population with Sickle Cell Disease, but many different races are affected; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 13 African Americans are born with sickle cell trait; and

WHEREAS, Sickle Cell Disease has the potential for a widespread impact on the body and mind, and overall health of a person living with the disease; and

WHEREAS, the average life expectancy is approximately 48 years and currently no universal cure for Sickle Cell Disease; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada has made sickle cell awareness, access to care and equity in the treatment of patients with Sickle Cell Disease a priority;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2022, as

SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 29th day of August 2022.

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