The Annual Sickle Cell Patient & Family Educational Symposium (the Warriors Convention) is the only national sickle cell convention designed, created and hosted by the sickle cell patient and family community and powered by the Sickle Cell Community Consortium. Now in our fifth year, the meeting has grown in size and scope. Each year the meeting is hosted by a partnership of sickle cell community-based organizations, patients and advocates. We are pleased to announce the 2018 symposium hosts are the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, the Sickle Cell Champions Association, and Transition with Power. Working in collaboration with Hope for SCD, this meeting boasts our largest and most robust agenda to date. This year there will be three tracks aimed towards adults, teens and young adults and children and caregivers. We are also pleased to include sessions designed specifically for Warrior and caregiver men (organized and hosted by the Sickle Mens Action Network (Sickle M.A.N.). The agenda is designed by the sickle cell community with topics identified by patients, caregivers and healthcare supporters. This year the program includes topics ranging from “Parenting Issues from Birth to Adult” and “The Science of Sickle Cell” to “Sickle Cell Mental Health” and “Sickle Cell and College Life”. We are excited to host two special events during the Symposium. Grab your tickets to The Playroom on Friday, July 20th and the Warriors of Wakanda Awards Gala and Prom on Saturday, July 21st.
Fly in, register, relax with us and get to know your fellow Warrior siblings with icebreakers and evening reception. Early risers are invited to join us each morning for Yoga and morning workout sessions. A special morning workout session has been prepared for children and parents.
Registration opens Wednesday, July 18th at 10 AM. We begin festivities at 4 PM with an opening reception and ice-breakers. Early risers are invited to join us each morning at 7 AM for morning yoga and workout. The General Plenary session starts at 10 AM on each day, followed by multi-track breakout sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions and panels. We are excited to offer lunch each day accompanied by a main general session on a wide variety of topics of interest to the sickle cell warrior community. Plenty of free-time is dispersed throughout each day to explore all that Memphis has to offer.
Each evening we are excited to offer several special sessions. Join us on Wednesday night for Paint & Sip (adults) and Arts & Crafts (children)*. On Thursday we will host Warriors After Dark Men-Only and Warrior after Dark Women-Only (age 17+/15-16 with parent permission). This session is included in full registration and is divided by gender for adults only. We will discuss a variety of adult-themed topics that are important to our warrior community. Join us Friday for The Playroom (adults) and The Playground (children)* and again on Saturday evening for the Warriors of Wakanda Awards Gala/Prom.
Join other Warriors as we learn from and encourage each other on all aspects of Warrior life, including dealing with work, school, and relationships. We have special programs for teens, parents, couples, and adults living with sickle cell. Our roundtable panels, plenary sessions, and educational lunches all have been developed for sickle cell warriors and caregivers, by sickle cell warriors and caregivers.
Please feel free to share this website as well as the attached flyer with your community and networks. This program was designed by the sickle cell community for the sickle cell community and is directly focused on supporting warriors and our families in the fight against sickle cell disease.
*Starred programs are ticketed events. The Wednesday Paint & Sip and Friday Playroom are not included in the Full Registration.