About Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. In SCD,
red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a "sickle." When the disease is active, during what has become known as a "crisis", patients become ill and can be hospitalized for days, weeks and sometimes even months. As a result, leading a normal life becomes challenging on many different levels. During a crisis, the sickled cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, while travelling through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause chronic, severe pain and other serious problems such as infections, stroke, acute chest syndrome and possibly even death.

In 2010, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of this terrible
disease. Sadly, we are still searching for a cure.

Child Ambassador
Enoch Bempong is fifteen years old and attends Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa. He is now in Grade 10. Enoch has been a camper with Camp Jumoke for four years and has an interest in continuing to attend camp as part of the Polaris programme, the leadership programme organized by Camp Wenonah.
What is Sickle Cell
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that causes the distortion, or "sickling", of red blood cells. It occurs when a child like our poster child for 2007/8,
Neneh-Iye inherits a sickle cell gene from each parent.
About The Camp
Canoe trips, hiking, fireside sing-a longs and meeting new friends are exciting experiences for any child. But, for kids with SCD, many of whom have never attended summer camp before, these activities are experiences of a life time.
In 1994, the Jumoke Committee was established by a group of health-care professionals and individuals concerned about the emotional well-being of children who have sickle cell disorder.
About Camp Jumoke
In ancient cultures, the turtle was revered as a symbol of strength, survival and perseverance; some also believed they possessed mystical healing powers. For these reasons, Camp Jumoke has chosen the turtle to symbolize its spirit of survival...
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