Well known for her advocacy and a heart touching story that inspires her drive, meet LaKisha Johnson.
LaKisha is the Executive Director of Sickle Cell Support Services (SCSS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. SCSS is an organization she co-founded with her late husband Germaine Johnson Sr. in 2004. Over the course of the last thirteen years she has help to create avenues that substantially increased resources and the quality of care for Sickle Cell patients all over Arkansas.
It goes without saying that undeniable changes have been made in the Sickle Cell community thanks to LaKisha and the ACSS’s many efforts. SCSS provides a plethora of services: family grants, financial services, providing hospital care kits, transportation to clinic visits along with hospital admissions and discharges are just a few amongst the extensive list of services that the organization offers.
It cannot go without being mentioned the partnership held with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. LaKisha and her late husband were also implemental to the opening of the Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
LaKisha continues to pursue the dream that she and Germaine shared for SCSS, hosting several events in his remembrance. SCSS hosts an annual 5k "Walk/Run It Out for Sickle Cell" primarily geared towards raising awareness for the disease and more specifically to the improvement of services for sickle cell patients. Sickle Enrichment camps for children ages 7-16, adult support groups, speaking engagements geared towards raising awareness and educating on Sickle Cell are also services offered.
The tone has been set for endless effort and an expectation for them to be met if not exceeded. LaKisha and SCSS are gearing up for an annual blood drive in which she is always the first to donate blood along with her sons. LaKisha stated, "It's those blood transfusions, LaKisha estimates, that gave herself and four sons two more years with the man they love," This year’s blood drive will September 9th at 9:00, hosted by Greater Friendship Church 4640 Springer Blvd, Little Rock, AR.
The list of all that LaKisha and her crew does in unmeasurable.
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