Sickle cell disease event in Pensacola joined by The Potters Smile

Linda Chandler-Jacobs watched for decades as her mother was wracked with mysterious, constant pain.

It wasn’t until her mother was lying on her death bed that doctors identified the illness that had been damaging her heart and spine for years: sickle cell disease.

Her mother’s death, and the death of a neighbor’s child from the same illness, inspired Chandler-Jacobs to learn more about sickle cell. Ultimately, in remembrance of her mother, she established The Potters Smile in 2019 to educate and bring awareness to dental care for those with sickle cell. 

Now, in partnership with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of EscaRosa Inc. and Truth for Youth, they will host a community wide blood drive at Truth for Youth located on 401 N. Reus St. at Belmont-Deviliers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11. 

Anyone who is medically abled to donate blood is welcomed to come and there will be flyers and information about sickle cell to be handed out during the day. All donors will receive a gift card and free food.

The Potters Smile is a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that, according to the organization, is the only one in the United States that addresses the dental issues associated with sickle cell disease. It brings awareness to communities, doctors and dental professionals on the importance of dental care and maintenance for sickle cell patients.  

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