Coffee Talk: Sickle Cell Awareness

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Coffee Talk: Sickle Cell Awareness

09/26/2019 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Alton YWCA
304 E. Third St. Alton
IL 62002
Alton YWCA Front Desk

Parking is available on the street and also on the lot to the east of the building. You may use the main entrance on 3rd Street, or the accessible entrance on the east side of the building.

sickle cell awareness month

Alton YWCA is happy to present Coffee Talk, a monthly event to discuss women’s health issues, such as food, nutrition, violence, and youth. This month, we have two speakers who will focus on sickle cell disease: Tammy Smith, Alton Alderwoman and Founder of A Precious Organization, and Jocelyn Wyms RN, BSN, OCN, an Oncology Nurse Educator at Christian Hospital.


Tammy Smith’s daughter, Precious, was often sick as a baby and cried a lot. Doctors tried several different medications, but nothing helped. Precious became so sick that she nearly died, so they visited a different hospital, where they learned that she has Sickle Cell Disease. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited condition, caused by a genetic trait, where blood cells morph into a crescent (sickle) shape, which causes them to get stuck in small blood vessels, in turn causing severe pain, anemia, and other side-effects. Tammy founded A Precious Organization in 2013 to raise community support and awareness, and encourage more studies and research to be done, to find a cure for Sickle Cell Disease.