Established on June 14th 2005 to provide education and awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as well as support individuals and families with the disease, the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario also known as SCAGO has significantly contributed to the health and wellbeing of many Canadians.
With no governmental aid, SCAGO relies on fundraising events such as marathons in order to continue to advance care, treatment, education, awareness and research. By donating to SCAGO and/or participating at this marathon, you will not only save lives, reduce complications and make a difference in the lives affected by sickle cell disease, but also get us closer to being the first Province to establish a Centre to support individuals and families with SCD in Canada.
It is a severe genetic blood disorder that affects the red blood cells, causing life-threatening complications and sometimes premature death. Children as young as two-three years old have suffered from stroke and other complications. Approximately 2,500 individuals have sickle cell disease in Ontario and many more carry the trait of the disease.