SCAY Awards

About the SCAY Awards

The Sickle Cell Advocates of the Year (SCAY) Awards is annually recognizes devoted sickle cell advocates who have made invaluable strides towards the progression of sickle cell through their contributions and achievements. To put it simply, we are recognizing excellence in sickle cell advocacy.

The profile of a Sickle Cell Advocate of the Year is that of an individual that radiates a passion for sickle cell advocacy, while engaging the community and inspiring others to make a difference. They are educators, spokespeople, and supporters; they are positive representatives in the sickle cell community.

This award promotes patient engagement by allowing individuals within the sickle cell community to nominate sickle cell advocates that exemplify all of the qualities listed above. In the past years we have received hundreds of candidates from around the world.

Award Categories

Sickle Cell Advocate of the Year

Dedicated to advocates who are on the course to change the future of sickle cell for the better. This can be future scientists, community leaders, advocates living with SCD and others.

Sickle Cell HCP Advocate of the Year

Dedicated to health care professional advocates. Such nominees will include but not limited to frontline workers, doctors, nurses, social workers, EMTs, etc.

Digital Sickle Cell Community Advocate of the Year

Recognizing Sickle Cell 101’s most engaged digital followers, who are making an impact through digital channels.

Read more about our past SCAY Award Recipients and their achievements.


The SCAY Awards are open to individuals globally that are doing great work for the sickle cell cause. This may include individuals living with sickle cell, their family members, caregivers, and/or healthcare professionals.  

SCAY nominations are open to the global sickle cell community. Individuals must be able to prove their accomplishments through documentation.



All 2021 SCAY Award recipients will receive the following: 

Sicklepedia A patient-friendly encyclopedia devoted to everything sickle cell-related. Sickle cell, a blood disorder Complications & Treatments for it


All nominations will be automatically entered to our "Fighting Sickle Cell is in My Blood" sweatshirts. Drawing will be on Sunday, November 21, 2021.


Judging Panel

An award recipients from each category of the 2021 SCAY Awards will be selected by the digital sickle cell community through majority vote. Voting will be hosted through Sickle Cell 101’s social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and through Sickle Cell 101’s mailing lists.

Selection Process

Voters should consider the following when casting their votes online.

– Achievement & Community Impact
Candidate actively engages, and/or provides services to the sickle cell community. Candidate is a positive figure/role model, and their achievements have impacted people within the sickle cell community in a beneficial way.

– Education & Awareness
Candidate educates and equips people with vital information and resources. Candidate raises awareness for the disorder by reaching various audiences.



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