Sickle Cell Association of Richmond – OSCAR is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community-based program providing services free of charge to Sickle Cell patients and their families. The organization:
Assists families in their efforts to locate and access other community resources.
Sponsors educational seminars for churches, schools, social and civic groups medical professionals and hospitals.
Provides monthly mailings and e-mails to clients of sickle cell information, news and uplifting messages.
Provides financial assistance to clients.
The organization is a combination of three sickle cell organizations that merged July 1, 2008. The three organizations that merged to form Sickle Cell Association of Richmond – OSCAR are:
Organization of Sickle Cell Anemia Resources, Inc. (OSCAR) incorporated in 2004
Sickle Cell Anemia Resource Fund, Inc. (SCARF) incorporated in 1987
Virginians Associated For Relief From Sickle Cell Anemia, Inc. (VARSCA) incorporated in 1972
To encourage patients to share experiences about what works for each individual in terms of diet, medication, pain management, pain partners, stress management and the psycho-social aspects of having Sickle Cell Diseases to gain feelings of empowerment and to dispel the Sickle Cell Myths.
To educate the public, implement service programs, encourage support for research and empower persons who live with Sickle Cell Disease and advocate on their behalf.