Tina Kay also spoke at the annual American Association of Blood Banks conference in San Diego, CA as the focus for Immucor was Sickle Cell Disease and blood donation for patients like Tina Kay. She continues to work on a grant funded by the CDC with a team in Atlanta, GA to develop ways to encourage more African Americans to donate blood.
Tina will speak to students at Samford University in Birmingham, AL on February 13, 2018 at 10am about faith, Sickle Cell Disease, the perception of health care providers, and the use of opioids This talk is slated as a convocation, so students will receive credit. Tina Kay speaks to students and educators often about her life and Sickle Cell Disease. Tina hopes to speak at many colleges and universities during 2018. She also plans to embark upon educating not only the Sickle Cell community but the wider community about antibodies and how they affect timely and much needed blood transfusions.
This journey through this thing called life has caused me to pause and take inventory of what’s important and how God wants to use me. God has placed me on a journey of being to an advocate, one who speaks and writes on behalf of those who feel they are living with a disease that causes them to be removed from society at times and left to suffer in silence alone.
The mission I’ve been given is to be a voice for the voiceless, for those living with Sickle Cell Disease, who are “sickle silent”. As a result I often organize and participate in various events that bring awareness to sickle cell disease. Please take a moment to look at some of the upcoming events in which I am involved because I need your support so desperately. Additionally, if you would like to volunteer to help with any event please contact me.
On My Mind
I have a passion for writing and putting pen to paper as a way of release. Living with sickle cell disease is similar to riding on an emotional roller coaster. The ups and downs of life caused by an invisible disease with no cure often leaves me with a lot to say. Writing is therapeutic and allows me to help myself and others through the good, bad, and indifferent.