Smoke Out Sickle Cell

This year, our friends at the Magellan Corporation continued a lasting legacy in honor of our friend, the late Charles Horn III, recognized via a festive "Smoke Out Sickle Cell" event at Morton's The Steakhouse. The fundraiser, which included hors d' oeuvres, a three-course dinner, fine cigars, a silent auction and more, benefitted the Charles Horn III Sickle Cell Program at La Rabida.

The Charles Horn III Sickle Cell Program funds a battery of tests known as neurocognitive screening for patients living with sickle cell. These tests effectively predict and identify neurological deficiencies or damage that can occur when red blood cells clump together and block blood supply to the brain.

The program also helps to cover the cost of advocates for sickle cell patients. Through the clinical team efforts, the goal is to bring a greater awareness of sickle cell and the individual needs of sickle cell patients to the school, which enhances scholastic services and assists in the development of individualized educational plans.

Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder affecting the red blood cells. In the United States, around 70,000 people live with the disease. La Rabida Children's Hospital, in partnership with Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, specializes in the treatment of this disease and offers comprehensive, family oriented care on either an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Thank you to all who attended the Smoke-out event. We appreciate your generosity and belief in our mission. To learn more about our Sickle Cell Program, click here:

To view photos of the event click here.