Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative is a 501(c)(3) human service agency dedicated to aiding and enhancing the lives of those affected by sickle cell in Central Indiana. It was founded by Rev. Boniface Hardin, founder of Martin University, and Dr. Raymond Pierce in 1969. It is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King and St. Martin dePorres in its efforts to combat oppression. Sickle Cell Disease continues to be one of the most neglected and underfunded diseases on the globe. The amount of money spent on SCD research pales in comparison to that of other diseases that do not seem to discriminate on the basis of ethnicity. Martin Center aims to remove sickle cell disease as a health disparity through supportive services, evaluation, counseling and collaboration with community agencies to identify ways to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell.
Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative is committed to educating clients, as well as neighbors and other community members about Sickle Cell Disease. We work with educators, medical professionals and caregivers in the provision of its services and it strives to build public awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and other abnormal hemoglobin conditions that primarily impact African-Americans, Arabs, Asians and Latinos. Building public awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and other abnormal hemoglobin conditions increases the likelihood that those families we serve will make knowledgeable decisions that will promote a healthy lifestyle.
Martin Center supports the entire Sickle Cell community by providing solutions that address today’s needs and reduce tomorrow’s barriers for individuals and their families.