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Wednesday, July 24
 

5:00pm

Chat 'n' Chew Mixer
Welcome to The Warrior Convention! Come join us and meet other family and friends during our Chat 'n' Chew celebration. Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. one of the original founders of this event, will be hosting tonight! Ice breakers and light refreshments will be provided. Parents of Kid's Track participants- avoid the lines in the morning and register tonight as well!


Wednesday July 24, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Prairie Foyer
 
Thursday, July 25
 

8:00am

Morning Wellness Activities
Join us for a relaxing warm up to the day's activities. Kristina will guide us in gentle, yet invigorating stretches and other physical activities to get our blood flowing and start the day off right! All ages welcome with parent accompaniment. 

Presenters

Thursday July 25, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Prairie D

9:00am

Registration Opens
Everyone may register during this assigned time. The registration booths (both child and adult) will close at 1:00pm.

Thursday July 25, 2019 9:00am - 1:00pm
Prairie Foyer

10:00am

Opening Plenary- Sickle Cell Consortium & Marc Thomas Foundation
Welcome to our 6th Annual Warrior Convention! Please join us as we introduce our focus this year and give an overview of the amazing work happening right here in Texas with our local host The Marc Thomas Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Lakiea Bailey

Lakiea Bailey

Executive Director, Sickle Cell Community Consortium
The Sickle Cell Community Consortium is a US-based non-profit formed in 2014 to “harness and amplify the power of the patient voice”. The Consortium is comprised of sickle cell community-based organizations (CBOs), patient and caregiver advocates, community partners and medical... Read More →
avatar for Linda Thomas Wade

Linda Thomas Wade

CEO and Co-Founder, Marc Thomas Foundation
Linda Thomas Wade is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of the Sickle Cell Association ofTexas Marc Thomas Foundation which started in 1997 by Marc Thomas, her late husband andLinda. Linda is a former United States Health and Human Services (Patient Advocate) Advisoron Blood Safety... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Prairie D

11:00am

FSCDR Update 

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Lanetta Bronte-Hall

Dr. Lanetta Bronte-Hall

FSCDR
Lanetta Bronté-Hall, MD, MPH, MSPH is responsible for strategic planning, scientific, and administrative oversight of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research (FSCDR). She is a leading national and international researcher and population health scientist in the field of... Read More →



Thursday July 25, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Prairie D

11:30am

Intervention to Improve Cognitive Function
Presenters
avatar for Dr. Anna Hood

Dr. Anna Hood

Anna Hood, PhD, is a Sickle Cell Disease Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is the recipient of pre-doctoral (F31) and postdoctoral (F32) training grants from the National Heart... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie D

12:00pm

Dealing with Grief and Loss
A presentation on the course of moving through the grieving process. Gaining an understanding of the emotions and feelings encountered during the course of grieving and learning how to move through it in a healthy way.

Presenters
avatar for Clayton Andrews, LAPC

Clayton Andrews, LAPC

President, Treatment Team Facilitator, Behavioral Health Counselor, Sickle Cell Champions Association
Clayton Andrews is a 36-year-old patient with Sickle Cell Disease, residing in Augusta GA. An advocate, mentor and father of four, Clayton is an LAPC and graduate from Troy University with a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology. His primary focus is the enablement and development... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Prairie C

12:00pm

Strategies and Tactics for the Emergency Room
Presenters
avatar for Emily O'Shea LCSW, CMM

Emily O'Shea LCSW, CMM

Emily O’Shea is a licensed clinical social worker based out of the Austin Texas area. She became interested in social justice issues when she started studying at the University of Arizona. She was able to further her education at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Prairie D

12:30pm

Approvals and Denials: Navigating the SSI/SSDI Application
Presenters
avatar for Emily O'Shea LCSW, CMM

Emily O'Shea LCSW, CMM

Emily O’Shea is a licensed clinical social worker based out of the Austin Texas area. She became interested in social justice issues when she started studying at the University of Arizona. She was able to further her education at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Prairie C

12:30pm

1:00pm

1:30pm

The Complexity of Sickle Cell Disease: Why are Hemolysis and Anemia so Important?
Understand why hemolysis is important in sickle cell disease and how it affects individuals with sickle cell.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Kenneth Bridges

Dr. Kenneth Bridges

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Global Blood Therapeutics
Dr. Kenneth R. Bridges received the MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and subsequently trained in internal medicine and hematology in Boston, at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, respectively. Following medical subspecialty training, Dr. Bridges worked... Read More →
avatar for Dr. James Eckman

Dr. James Eckman

Professor Emeritus Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Eckman practiced academic medicine for more than 41 years establishing the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, the world’s first 24-hour, comprehensive acute care sickle cell program, which presently serves a patient population of more than 1,000 active patients from a... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Global Blood Therapeutics

Global Blood Therapeutics

GBT is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company determined to discover, develop and deliver innovative treatments that provide hope to underserved patient communities. GBT is developing its late-stage product candidate, voxelotor (previously called GBT440), for the treatment of... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Prairie D

2:30pm

ASH Research collaborative updates
Presenters
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Chuck Chesson

American Society of Hematology (ASH)
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LaTasha Lee

American Society of Hematology (ASH)


Thursday July 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Prairie D

3:00pm

Creating a Mindset of Wealth: Fulfilling the Mandate of Prosperity
Embracing a Mindset for Wealth Building
Dr. Gayle Rogers, Forever Free, Inc.
Author of Healing the Traumatized Soul and
The Whole Soul


This session is designed to explore avenues of creating wealth in an effort to place greater emphasis of the significance of more research in the field of Sickle Cell Disease.
The objectives are to:
vFacilitate discussion of awareness of your earthly identity!
vExplore our DNA’s distinction in our earthly positioning concerning creating wealth
vRaise the consciousness level of our DNA authority regarding stewarding the earth’s resources
vLearning the meaning of becoming a wealth creator in a season of transference of wealth by introducing wealth building principles
vUnderstand increasing financial literacy and education
vSquashing the spirit of a poverty mindset
vCreating a vehicle to multiply your money

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Gayle Rogers

Dr. Gayle Rogers

Dr. Gayle Rogers is founder and president of Forever Free, Inc., & A.C.E. Network, a coaching for empowerment group located in Dana Point. California. In the ministry arena, her primary focus is equipping, coaching and training leaders to facilitate wholeness and healing, while carrying... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prairie B

3:00pm

4:30pm

6:00pm

Rock the Block! The Great Texan BBQ
Join us for some authentic Texan Barbecue tonight, courtesy of Novartis! We will also have a DJ in attendance so plan on wearing your dancing shoes as well! All ages are welcome to this no cost event.

Sponsors
avatar for Novartis

Novartis

At Novartis, we invest in the most promising frontiers of science, the most exciting innovations in the business of medicine, and the most significant healthcare needs.


Thursday July 25, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Prairie Foyer
 
Friday, July 26
 

8:00am

Morning Wellness Activities
Join us for a relaxing warm up to the day's activities. Kristina will guide us in gentle, yet invigorating stretches and other physical activities to get our blood flowing and start the day off right! All ages welcome with parent accompaniment. 

Presenters

Friday July 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Prairie D

9:00am

Registration Opens
Everyone may register during this assigned time. The registration booths (both child and adult) will close at 11:00am.

Friday July 26, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Prairie Foyer

9:30am

QSource- Photo Project
Presenters
avatar for Frances Richardson

Frances Richardson

As the Qsource project lead for a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to improve health care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), Frances Richardson works closely with providers, health plan navigators, and patients and families to increase education... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Prairie D

10:00am

Plenary: Beverly Francis-Gibson, SCDAA
Am I my brothers or sisters keeper?

Presenters
avatar for Beverley Francis-Gibson

Beverley Francis-Gibson

SCDAA
Beverley Francis-Gibsonis President/CEO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA)Francis-Gibson previously served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI HC) of Howard County in Columbia, Maryland and has more than 25 years... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Prairie D

11:00am

Reproductive Health and SCD
Join us as we  discuss reproductive health and living with Sickle Cell. What does that look like for both men and women? How do medications, treatments, etc. affect our health? 

Presenters

Friday July 26, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Prairie D

11:00am

Clarity of Mind: Depression, Anxiety & PTSD
This session is designed to help the Sickle Cell Warrior understand mental health issues as they relate to SCD. The objectives are to:
vStart the conversation on mental health issues associated with SCD
vWhat is mental health and mental health awareness
vDescribe symptoms of specific mental health issues
vDiscuss symptoms and triggers of mental illness
vFacilitate the discussion on Depression, Stress & Anxiety, PTSD and Suicidal Ideation
vFacilitate discussion on stigma reducing strategies & the development of patient-oriented interventions to prevent and treat mental health-related stigma

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Gayle Rogers

Dr. Gayle Rogers

Dr. Gayle Rogers is founder and president of Forever Free, Inc., & A.C.E. Network, a coaching for empowerment group located in Dana Point. California. In the ministry arena, her primary focus is equipping, coaching and training leaders to facilitate wholeness and healing, while carrying... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Prairie C

11:30am

Cure Sickle Cell Intiative
Learn more about what the Cure Sickle Cell Initiative is and how you can help as a warrior or caregiver.

Presenters

Friday July 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie D

12:00pm

From Menstrual Cycles to Menopause: Health Concerns for the Warrior Woman
This session is a romp through the major events over girls and women's reproductive lifespan. We will review what we know (and what we don't!) about puberty and sexual development in girls and women with sickle cell disease. Topics will include what we understand about normal development, pain and painful periods, contraception considerations, pregnancy planning and pregnancy management for girls and women living with sickle cell disease.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Lydia Pecker

Dr. Lydia Pecker

Director of the young Adult Clinic- Sickle Cell Center for Adults, John Hopkins
Lydia H. Pecker is the Director of the Young Adult Clinic at the Sickle Cell Center for Adults at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Pecker is a Brooklyn native, and trained in the Bronx and Washington D.C. before settling in Baltimore. Dr. Pecker is supported by awards from... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Prairie C

12:00pm

12:30pm

Pulmonary Complications in SCD
At this session, Dr. Klings will discuss the different pulmonary issues that can impact the lives of adults living with sickle cell disease.  She will discuss how you can recognize when your lungs may be a problem.  An overview of how to approach diagnosing lung disease and treating it in sickle cell disease will be presented.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Kings

Dr. Elizabeth Kings

Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director, Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, Boston Medical Center
Dr. Elizabeth Klings is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, which cares for over 500 adult and pediatric patients, at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. She received her BA and MD degrees... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Prairie D

12:30pm

Spiritual and Emotional Well-being
Coping with the physical, mental and emotional consequences of Sickle Cell Disease places a heavy toll on the Warrior. Reverend Sheryl Armstrong will share her knowledge on the importance of the Warriors well-being on a spiritual and emotional level. 


Presenters
avatar for Rev. Sheryl Armstrong, BA, MS, MDiv, CNPC

Rev. Sheryl Armstrong, BA, MS, MDiv, CNPC

Pastoral Counselor/Therapist
Presently, Reverend Armstrong is a Chaplain for Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah Georgia. She is also founder of New Life Pastoral Care Counseling Services in Warner Robins, GA. She received her seminary training from The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta Georgia.Rev... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Prairie C

1:30pm

Crispr-Vertex
Join us as we hear more about gene editing in the trials that are moving forward thanks to Crispr via Vertex Pharmaceuticals.


Friday July 26, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Prairie D

3:00pm

Developing a Wellness Plan
The SCMHI Team will implement a wellness workshop for the Warrior. The goal of this workshop is to instill the Warrior with a workable plan to better implement a wellness guideline to better support their mental, physical and emotional health.

Presenters
avatar for Rev. Sheryl Armstrong, BA, MS, MDiv, CNPC

Rev. Sheryl Armstrong, BA, MS, MDiv, CNPC

Pastoral Counselor/Therapist
Presently, Reverend Armstrong is a Chaplain for Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah Georgia. She is also founder of New Life Pastoral Care Counseling Services in Warner Robins, GA. She received her seminary training from The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta Georgia.Rev... Read More →
avatar for Clayton Andrews, LAPC

Clayton Andrews, LAPC

President, Treatment Team Facilitator, Behavioral Health Counselor, Sickle Cell Champions Association
Clayton Andrews is a 36-year-old patient with Sickle Cell Disease, residing in Augusta GA. An advocate, mentor and father of four, Clayton is an LAPC and graduate from Troy University with a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology. His primary focus is the enablement and development... Read More →
avatar for Jewel Darbone

Jewel Darbone

Jew-EL Darbone is a 30yr old sickle cell warrior dedicated to sickle cell advocacy and empowerment. She is one of the founders and CEO of 501c3 Nonprofit organization #Boldlipsforsicklecell. #Boldlipsforsicklecell started as a social media awareness challenge for sickle cell disease... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prairie C

3:00pm

5:00pm

6:00pm

9:00pm

 
Saturday, July 27
 

8:00am

Morning Wellness Activities
Join us for a relaxing warm up to the day's activities. Kristina will guide us in gentle, yet invigorating stretches and other physical activities to get our blood flowing and start the day off right! All ages welcome with parent accompaniment. 

Presenters

Saturday July 27, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Prairie D

9:00am

The Mental Health Panel
Presenters
avatar for Dominique Goodson

Dominique Goodson

Dominique Goodson was born and raised in Newark, NJ. After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Dominique began working as research assistant to professors at different universities. During one of her breaks between research projects, she... Read More →
avatar for Heather Avant

Heather Avant

Heather is a natural light photographer, painter, crafter, sickle cell warrior, sickle cell advocate, and all around do-it-yourselfer thriving in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jason and son Jett.  She was born and raised in Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, Michigan where she went on... Read More →
avatar for Clayton Andrews, LAPC

Clayton Andrews, LAPC

President, Treatment Team Facilitator, Behavioral Health Counselor, Sickle Cell Champions Association
Clayton Andrews is a 36-year-old patient with Sickle Cell Disease, residing in Augusta GA. An advocate, mentor and father of four, Clayton is an LAPC and graduate from Troy University with a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology. His primary focus is the enablement and development... Read More →
avatar for Jewel Darbone

Jewel Darbone

Jew-EL Darbone is a 30yr old sickle cell warrior dedicated to sickle cell advocacy and empowerment. She is one of the founders and CEO of 501c3 Nonprofit organization #Boldlipsforsicklecell. #Boldlipsforsicklecell started as a social media awareness challenge for sickle cell disease... Read More →
avatar for Shamonica Wiggins

Shamonica Wiggins

Shamonica Wiggins is a 30-year-old sickle cell warrior and a native of Dallas, TX. Although she has sickle cell SS, which is commonly referred to as the most critical form of the illness, she rarely allows it to get in the way of her chasing her dreams. This is evident in the work... Read More →


Saturday July 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Prairie D

10:00am

Opening Plenary Session: ADM Brett Giroir, U.S. Asst. Secretary of Health
Presenters
avatar for ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D,

ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D,

Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S.Departmemt of Health and Human Services
Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)HHS Office of the SecretaryADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 15, 2018. The Assistant Secretary for Health leads development of HHS-wide... Read More →


Saturday July 27, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Prairie D

11:40am

Sickle Cell 101
Want a better basic understanding of sickle cell disease in a small group setting open to lots of questions?  This is the session for you!


Saturday July 27, 2019 11:40am - 12:25pm
Prairie D

12:00pm

Traveling with Sickle Cell
Come and learn about traveling with sickle cell and best practices for a successful trip. 

Presenters
avatar for Mattie Robinson

Mattie Robinson

MicroMattie Consulting
 BiographyMattie Robinson, MS MA has earned graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida. Ms. Robinson has over 7 years of biomedical research experience spanning the fields of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Chemistry. She... Read More →


Saturday July 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Prairie C

12:30pm

What you need to know about Hydroxyurea
Learn about the basics of HU and how it affects our bodies as an effective treatment option for many living with sickle cell.

Presenters

Saturday July 27, 2019 12:30pm - 12:55pm
Prairie D

1:00pm

Knowing Your Limits
Presenters
avatar for Tosin Ola

Tosin Ola

Founder, CEO, Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc.
Tosin Ola, RN, BSNFounder & President, Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. Tosin Ola, BSN, RNknows firsthand the challenges of living with sickle cell disease. Thepracticing registered nurse and mother of twin toddlers, launched the SickleCell Blog in 2005 to bond with others and share her... Read More →


Saturday July 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Prairie B

1:00pm

Port Care
Many Warriors either have ports or are interested in learning more about them. Come to the session so you can learn the basics of the different types of ports, what they’re used for, how to properly care for them and practical tips on ways to avoid infection.

Presenters
avatar for Ritchie Johnson, MBA, BSN, RN

Ritchie Johnson, MBA, BSN, RN

Ritchie Johnson is a Mother, Registered Nurse, Author, Speaker and Advocate. She is the Founder and President of the Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity organization located in Sugar Land, Texas. She holds a BSN from Texas Woman’s University in... Read More →


Saturday July 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Prairie C

1:00pm

Clinical Trials
How does a drug make it to market? What are the different phases of a clinical trial? How can we as patients and caregivers participate in the future of drug development? Come and learn about this important topic as we work towards finding new treatments and ultimately a cure!

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Stephen Boateng, Pharm.D, RPH

Dr. Stephen Boateng, Pharm.D, RPH

Sickle Cell 101
Dr. Stephen Boateng is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. As a pharmacist by training, his passion in healthcare stems from his sister living with sickle cell disease and him being a sickle cell trait carrier. Dr. Boateng’s current... Read More →


Saturday July 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Prairie D

1:30pm

The Jazmine Rivera Beauty Within Sickle Cell Glam Squad
In honor of our warrior Jasmine Rivera, come and get your hair and make up done by a professional barber’s, hairstylist, and a make up artist, during this time. You must sign up for a time slot and suggested donations are as follows: hair $10 for adults, five dollars for children. Make up ( must bring your own foundation ) $15. 

Saturday July 27, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Blue Stem 1

2:00pm

Community Spotlight Presentations
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION 
Kadeem Gayle: Anthology 
The India Initiative: Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. 
Sickle Life Adolescent Mentorship Project:  Advocating for Senate Bill 600: Archival Research on Sickle Cell Disease Genesis:  Be The Match  

Saturday July 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Prairie D

7:00pm

Prom
Keynote Speaker- Devard Darling
Devard Darling is a retired NFL veteran wide receiver and represents the 18% of professional athletes living with sickle cell trait.  A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Darling was selected as the 82nd pick in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft making him one of the first Bahamian athletes to get drafted to the National Football League. Devard accomplished another boyhood dream shared by he and his late identical twin Devaughn Darling when the As One Foundation was founded in 2007. The As One mission is to educate and increase awareness of sickle cell trait while encouraging youth to achieve their dreams in the face of life’s challenges. As the spokesperson for the foundation, Darling is devoted to ensuring his brother's death was not in vain by sharing the importance of awareness of sickle cell trait. As a #TraitWarrior - a sickle cell trait carrier and an identical genetic match to his late brother, Darling is living proof that exertional sickling is preventable and should NEVER result in death.


Darling is an entrepreneur beginning his first business experience in 2010, while still an active player in the NFL, when he started Express Pick Up and Delivery Transportation Services. As a contracted carrier of FedEx, Express P&D takes pride in delivering the "Purple Promise" and revels in the opportunity to keep its customers happy! Currently Express P&D has 10 employees and 12 trucks in its fleet. In 2012 Devard officially retired and teamed up Altruvista Wealth, a wealth management firm in Houston Texas, to develop a specific financial planning process for pro athletes. In 2014 Darling dropped his financial licenses to seek opportunities in the self storage commercial realestate industry in the state of Washington.

Presenters
avatar for Devard Darling

Devard Darling

Former Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens, As One Foundation
Devard Darling is a retired NFL veteran wide receiver and represents the 18% of professional athletes living with sickle cell trait.  A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Darling was selected as the 82nd pick in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft making him one of the first Bahamian athletes... Read More →



Saturday July 27, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Prairie D
 
Sunday, July 28
 

9:00am

Meet Me at the Corner of Faith and Science
Join us for some praise and worship during this open breakfast. We will also be voting on where to host the next few meetings (2021/2022). See you there!

Sunday July 28, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Prairie D