JIS News

Dr. Graham Serjeant, Chairman of the Sickle Cell Trust and Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Mona, will receive the Humanitarian Award from the Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network (SCTPN) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York on Saturday, March 27, 2004, for his work in sickle cell research.
In an interview with JIS News, the former Director of Jamaica’s Sickle Cell Clinical and Research Facility expressed his delight at being recognized by SCTPN.”It’s always a pleasure receiving an award. I have been fortunate to have been involved in this work for 37 years and I am proud of the services that we have been able to develop and the contributions that we have been able to make to sickle cell patients worldwide,” Dr. Serjeant stated.
He continued: “This award is a tribute to Jamaica and the excellent staff that has assisted me throughout the years.”
Donnette Carroll, President of the Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network, spoke of the major contributions that Dr. Serjeant had made to those in the sickle cell community.
“We would like to honour those who have given so much of their time and talents to make a difference in the quality of life for those living with sickle cell disease and.Dr. Serjeant has certainly made a difference in the lives of many in the sickle cell community,” Ms. Carroll said.
She added: “His years of service and achievements demonstrate his unselfish dedication and commitment. There are many things in life that catch the eye, but only a few will catch the heart and we are indeed fortunate and grateful that the sickle cell community caught Dr. Serjeant’s heart.”
Dr. Anthony Saleh and Nurse Charlene Webb of New York Methodist Hospital and Dr. Maud Bertoni, Director of the Blood Bank at Woodhull Medical Centre and Wyckoff Medical Centre in Brooklyn, will receive awards for their Distinguished Medical Service. Bob Slade, host of Open Line (WRKS-FM) will receive the Community Service Award.
The Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network was founded 11 years ago and strives to improve the quality of life for those suffering from Thalassemia and Sickle Cell disease.

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