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Karla is from Sarasota, Florida. She is married and has a daughter who has sickle cell disease (hgb SS).
Due to her daughter's diagnosis, it has been a passion of hers for over 15 years to educate and advocate for sickle cell warriors. Through this dedication, she has also started and currently runs a local sickle cell support group called 941 Sickle Cell Unite and host events twice a year.
She has a degree in Business Administration with an A+ certification and currently works from home. She is always happy and willing to help where and when she can.
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André Marcel Harris is a full-time Social Work student and native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was raised in Union City, Georgia and currently resides in Fayetteville, NC. Mr. Harris is an Eagle Scout, class of 2007 and a class of 2016 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate in Arts degree.
André is actively involved in several community outreach programs through his church, True Vine Ministries, and Community Health Interventions and Sickle Cell Agency, Inc. André is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) at Fayetteville State University with plans of also receiving a dual Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) and becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and work as Public Health Social Worker benefiting the Sickle Cell population. Ultimately, André has the desire to pursue a PhD in Social Work to do research and policy analysis in the healthcare field.
André's passion has always been to promote awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, something he learned to cope with at an early age as a patient himself. He desires to see patients to be able to live a full and prosperous life, knowing that Sickle Cell may slow you down, but it doesn't stop you from succeeding. Currently, Mr. Harris is enrolled in the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. Community Health Worker certification, and has completed The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) National Sickle Cell Advocate Network (NSCAN) training and is enrolled at The Cincinnati Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and Blood Diseases Institute’s Hemoglobinopathy Counselor Training Course to further his education and experience to better serve the Sickle Cell community. André currently resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
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