Sickle cell disease; understanding the inherited disorder

Also, Kings Gap mountain offers history and natural beauty to Central Pennsylvania area

On November 15, the South Central Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council will welcome former Penn State All-American, NFL football player and current NFL assistant coach Bobby Engram to their annual fundraising event.  

Engram’s oldest daughter Bobbi died in 2018 from complications related to Sickle Cell Disease. Bobby Engram and his wife Deanna lead the Bobbi Engram Sickle Cell Foundation in their daughter’s name. 

Coach Bobby Engram and his daughter bobbi

Photos courtesy of Baltimore Ravens and the Bobbi Engram Foundation

Coach Bobby Engram and daughter Bobbi. Coach Engram appears on Smart Talk on November 12, 2019.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects the shape of the blood cells. According to the Bobbi Engram Foundation, Sickle Cell Disease affects an estimated 100,000 people, the majority of whom are African Americans. The only cure for SCD is bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

Sickle Cell

Smart Talk

Peyton Williams and Joe Robinson appear on Smart Talk on November 12, 2019.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss Sickle Cell Disease are Bobby Engram, Joe Robinson, executive director of the Southcentral Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council, and Payton Williams, 20-year-old advocate who is living with SCD.   

Also, the Kings Gap State Park in Cumberland County is known for its scenic views and terrific hiking trails. Another attraction in the park is the Cameron-Maslund Mansion – a landmark that has a unique history of its own. 

We’ll hear about that history on Tuesday’s Smart Talk with Ron Turo, member of the Cumberland County Historical Society and Friends of Kings Gap and William C. Forrey, retired Director of the Pennsylvania State Parks and Founder of the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, chair of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society Government Affairs Committee and serves on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council.

William C. Forrey and Ron Turo

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William C. Forrey and Ron Turo appear on Smart Talk November 12, 2019.



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