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THE CARIBBEAN GOLF LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE - SPECIAL EDITION

JUNE 2011

SIR GARRY SOBERS

Festival of Golf A staple in the Golf Fraternity, see PHOTOS

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Review: ROSTREVOR Hotel, Barbados Photos, Photos & More Photos of Caribbean Players all over


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Please enjoy the first of many editions who knows maybe you or someone you know may make the cover.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who had faith in my dream and my ideas. Especially my advertisers, my children, my friends Marissa, Jeneil and Roberta, my many consultants who I have been known to BBM and Skype at godless hours, and a special mention to My Parents without whom, all this would not have been possible!

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The idea in itself came about almost immediately after returning from the Sir Garry Sobers Tournament in Barbados, where I went to do photography in April 2010. That experience was a life changing one for me since I got the entire golf experience, not just from the administrative end. I was in my element While editing it hit me. Why not do a magazine to highlight Caribbean golfers? This would be a fantastic way to marry both my skills as a photograper and designer. Besides being some of the best dressed athletes, golfers are very

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Special thanks to Maria Nunes Photography for Stephen Ames photo. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or whole without permission is prohibited.

This has been an exciting project which had its fair share of calamities, it has shown me that once you endure and stick to the things that you are most passionate about, eventually the sky will part and the rays will come out. I really enjoy what I do and I am a big supporter of the Caribbean Golfers. My hope is that you would also become a big supporter of the game, if you are not already so, by supporting this magazine.

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Editor In Chief: Nelaja Alphonse Copy & Proofreader: Jeneil Stephens Advertising Coordinator: Marissa Seijas Printed by: Digital Impressions Limited Design & Layout: Jada Ink & Associates Photographer: Nelaja Alphonse Photography

In the beginning, I was a bit shaky - I would make incorrect references such as referring to the course as a ‘field’, feeling odd and sympathetic towards those ‘handicappers’, wondering why people were so open to joining a ‘threesome’. Now I am well on my way to being well versed in the game of golf, its language and its administration, as opposed to all the picong and stares of disbelief, I experienced initially.

The core philosophy of this magazine is to deliver a high quality niche publication with regional content that would capture the intensity of the sport. The magazine would also serve to encourage regional corporate participation in the promotion of the sport in the Caribbean. An online version of the magazine is going to be launched so that the magazine can reach even a wider audience.

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On the cover: Former Trinidad and Tobago National Player Joel McEachrane, playing at the 1st Edition of the Daren Ganga Foundation’s 2010 Tournament at Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club, Trinidad.

Wow! I am, ecstatic and can finally breathe, I was anxiously awaiting this moment, since publishing a magazine has always been a dream of mine. My background is in Graphic Design and Photography & I fell totally in love with the game of Golf when I started associating with the Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association, almost three years ago.

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passionate about their sport; a passion I wanted to highlight to the general Caribbean population. We as Caribbean people need to love and support our


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REVIEW: ROSTREVOR HOTEL

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Isnt‘t that Fantastic! The Hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool, several seaside sun-decks with complimentary lounge chair and sun umbrellas, a poolside bar and two dining restaurants, laundry and dry cleaning. There is much, much more which you can check out for yourself on their website: http://www.rostrevorbarbados. com/. If there is anything at all that you need to arrange, excursions or day trips, just feel free to ask for advice from either Robyn or any of the hotel’s other cheerful staff members. If you are looking for an affordable, clean, relaxing, home away from home atmosphere, Rostrevor Hotel is the place to be.

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There is a scenic porch area which overlooks the ocean as well as the pool. The room in which I stayed, faced the beach. I was engulfed in the sound of waves which soothed the spirit and sea breezes which made you want to melt into the fabric of the lounge chair. I would sit on the porch for hours just soaking it all in. Robyn Gollop-Knight is the friendly owner & manager who has done a wonderful job of making this place feel cosy and inviting. I was filled with excitement and utter joy when on my virgin visit to Barbados, I realized that I was staying at a hotel which was situated close to the areas of Barbados which had a throbbing nightlife,

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“The Rostrevor Hotel, Barbados is one of the best full service casual hotel, I have ever had the pleasure of staying. Nestled in the middle of the famous St Lawrence Gap, this Hotel offers self-contained apartment type rooms which are offered at affordable rates. These rooms offer dramatic views of the turquoise colored waters of the Caribbean Sea. Rooms are either air conditioned or equipped with ceiling fans. Rostrevor Hotel offers rooms with large private bathrooms, hair dryers, direct dial telephones, cable televisions, mini-safe systems, refrigerators, microwaves, free wireless internet, steam irons and collapsible ironing boards and comfortable beds.

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supermarket, beach (Dover) and even a church - all right at your fingertips! Due to the proximity of the hotel to these major hubs of activity, every night I got to experience different foods, drinks, night clubs and restaurants. Also because Rostrevor Hotel is a stone’s throw away from the major hot spots of the city, I did not have to spend money on transportation.

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QUESTIONS photo compliments Maria Nunes

STEPHEN AMES FOUNDATION • GLM: How do you feel now that you have reached this far in your career • SA: Very proud and always improving. I am especially thankful of my partners RBC and Nike Golf for their support with the Stephen Ames Cup 2010 and all that they do for junior golf in Canada & Trinidad & Tobago. • GLM: What is the most interesting part of the game of golf for you? • SA: The continuous learning experience • GLM: What is the best thing that ever happened to/for you in your life? • SA: Getting married and having a family and being able to play on the PGA Tour -Turning Pro • GLM: What compelled you to start the Stephen Ames Cup? • SA: This was created in 2005 with the inspiration of the tournament encouraging competition, sportsmanship and will also bring memories and friendship of two different cultures and countries together.

and Canada. • GLM: What is your favourite Trini food? • SA: Curry, Pelau, Pastelles & Black pudding • GLM: What do you enjoy the most? • SA: I enjoy swimming and going to the beach when in Trinidad and Hawaii where I spend every Christmas vacation with my family. • GLM: What do you miss the most while on tour? (Competition) • SA: The family. So I try to bring them with me as often as possible especially during the summer vacation. Ryan, my second son is very keen with the game and spends a lot of time with me on the course where we share quality time. • GLM: Do you play any other sport besides golf? And why did you choose golf? • SA: I played tennis and did competitive swimming, but when I tried golf, I loved the game of golf so much, that I gave up everything else.

• GLM: What is the role of the Stephen Ames Foundation?

• GLM: What advise would you give to children wanting to start Golf?

• SA: The foundation was founded in 2005 in order to provide funding for junior golf programs in T&T

• SA: Dedication to learning the game is what is important, as this game is a constant learning experience.

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to help manage your game 1. Keep the ball in play. A driver off the tee is not always the best option. Take a look at what confronts you on each hole and decide which is the optimum club to use to keep your ball in play. 2. Take your medicine. If you do go into the rough or a hazard consider the safe route and get the ball back in play. With luck you may still save par. 3. Consider what shot you want to play next. Work out where you want to be to give yourself the best chance of success with your next shot. In most cases it is safer to aim for the middle of the green than to shoot at a pin that has been placed dangerously close to a hazard. 4. Focus on each shot as it comes. You cannot change what has happened so forget about your past shots, no matter how bad they were. If you must dwell on past shots concentrate on the successful ones. Do not worry about the outcome of the shot you are about to play. This can be hard to do but if you have set up correctly, have aimed at the target and have the correct club in hand simply go ahead and hit the ball. 5. Make the hole much bigger. When pitching and chipping imagine a hole that is ten or even twenty foot in diameter and try and get your ball to stop in this “hole”. You should be able to 2 putt from 20 feet and you will be surprised how often you will get up and down by using this approach. On long putts imagine the hole to be two to four feet in radius and putt so that your ball comes to rest in this area. As your putting improves you can reduce the radius of your imaginary “hole”. If you can learn to manage your golf game not only will you dramatically drop your scoring average but you will find more and more subtle challenges all around you. It is this aspect of golf that makes the game such a challenge and so rewarding.

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It is a beautiful day, perfect for golf and you are walking along, playing a fairly good round. You start out a little tight but once you have a couple of shots under your belt, your natural rhythm kicks in and the game gets easier. You relax and your performance improves. You make your way along the course and for the most part, you play right down the middle working steadily toward the goal. Creating a score that meets your expectations feels wonderful. Seeing your talent and potential steadily improving is a heady feeling and your confidence is soaring. Then, seemingly out of the blue, you take your normal shot and off the ball goes… dead right! A shank! Where did that come from? The shot felt completely normal and yet now you are completely off track. As you track down the errant ball, you are now way off track and sometimes embarrassed, lost and confused. Not only that, but when you take your next shot….you are more than slightly fearful that the dreaded shank will happen again so you tighten up. Your natural rhythm disappears and you start trying to figure out what happened and praying that it doesn’t happen again. Waves of self doubt, self criticism and even self pity wash over you as you now play worried about what will happen next. You finish the round, bruised once again by the fickle golf gods and hit the 8


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Relationship drama and shanks are remarkably similar. Your THOUGHTS about each are what create the INNER TENSION that steals your natural ability to go with the flow and GET OVER IT. You are always going to have mis-hits and you are ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE DRAMA IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP. The difference between the winners and the losers is HOW YOU DEAL WITH YOUR THOUGHTS during the time when you are off course.

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happens. You are suddenly off track with no warning. Something you said or did was completely misunderstood or misinterpreted. Where did that come from? Everything felt completely normal and yet now you are completely off course. As you try to figure out exactly what went wrong, you find yourself way off track and sometimes lost and confused. Not only that, but when you talk next time….you are more than slightly fearful that the misunderstanding will happen again so you tighten up. Your natural rhythm disappears and you start trying to figure out what happened and praying that it doesn’t happen again. Waves of self doubt, self criticism and even self pity wash over you as you now play with concern about your results. You finish the day, bruised once again by the fickle love gods and make a plan to work out the kinks. The trouble is that the natural rhythm and relaxation that feeds your best days is impossible to find when your mind is filled with doubt and fear.

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range to work out the kinks. The trouble is that the natural rhythm and relaxation that feeds your best days is impossible to find when your mind is filled with doubt and fear. How about in your relationships? Could the shank phenomena repeat itself? Let’s see… You are cruising along in your relationship, and things are going fairly well. When you first met, you were a little nervous and careful with one another but once you have a couple of dates under your belt, your natural rhythm kicks in, you relax and begin to enjoy one another and the game gets easier. You make your way along the course and for the most part, you are both on the same path walking down the middle toward your mutual relationship goals. Creating a connection that meets your expectations feels wonderful. Seeing the potential steadily developing is a heady feeling and your confidence with your partner is soaring. Then, seemingly out of the blue, you act like you always do and the unexpected

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S0 YOU SHANKED IT! now what?

Next time you shank…. think about it! Your golf AND love life will surely improve as you choose to find your natural rhythm and remind yourself that even though you have gotten off course, you can get yourself right back on target. Don’t try to figure out HOW you got off course… just determine to get centered again and find that fairway!!

About the Author Catherine Behan, America’s Golf and Love Coach.

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GolfLife magazine was very thankful for the priviledge to visit and experience this world renown course, but you will have to visit to experience the beauty for yourself. Please check their website for more information on rates and tee times. www.sandylane.com.

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The Country Club course features open fairways, five lakes, sea views, and green monkeys who inhabit gullies around the 18-hole championship layout. Hole 11, is the longest par 3 on the course at 239 yards. The tee shot must be aimed right of the target allowing the trade wind to bring the ball back on line. Any missed hit shot left or short of the green is certain to find the Molyneux gully.

The Old Nine is the estate’s first course, a 9-hole layout featuring tree-lined fairways.

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As you enter the clubhouse, the view of the 18th Hole captures all of your senses. The pristinely kept greens and the many different fall colours of the course itself, is a sight to behold. Arguably the most beautiful course in Barbados.

The Green Monkey championship course was carved out of a coral-stone quarry and features abrupt elevation changes and panoramic sea views. Named after Barbados’ famed Green Monkeys, the course includes a bunker containing a grass island carved in a monkey’s shape.

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The Caribbean has some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses, and hosts many major and local tournaments. Recently renovated to include 45 holes of breathtaking golf and a 450-yard driving range, the resort property includes the Tom Fazio-designed Green Monkey, the lengthy Country Club course, and the original nine holes developed in 1961.

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Champs: David Augustine 144 (Gross), Subash Ranjitsingh 157 (Net) First: Donald Christopher 159 (Gross), Jim Nicholas 134 (Net) Second: Vibert Yaw 179 (Gross), Ian Harford 139 (Net) Supers: Sandy Bain 159 (Gross), Neil Giuseppi 162 (Net) Ladies: Christine McEachrane 196 (gross), Lauren Bassant 136 (Net)

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I was really eager about this trip as this was my first time visit to Grenada. I stayed at a quaint yet modern resort where I had all amenities, as well as, a gorgeous view. The occasion was the Dewars’ Grenada Golf Open which took place from November 12-14, 2010. Golf Life magazine was at hand to witness the first annual golf Open organized by Ian Winsborrow (new manager) and Richard Lara (organizer). A field of 58 golfers took part from all over the Caribbean region including Trinidad & Tobago, St Kitts, USA, Barbados and, of course, Grenada . If you have ever been to a golf tournament, especially a competition as extensive as the Open, you would realize the colossal amount of work organizing such an event entails. That being said, it was a very well organized tournament. Day one started at 6:30am for the first set of players. There was a bit of a lull before the second group had to tee off. Eventually the competition was well on its way. The course looked superb and pristine (from a non-golfers point of view). The sun was at its hottest and the stagnant air seemed to indicate a no breeze allowed policy. The piercing rays of the sun made me eager to get out of the sun pretty quickly. The golfers ,however, were so totally absorbed in their game they seemed not to notice the excessive heat. All in all, For the most part, everything went well during the tournament. Young T & T golfer Andrei Collins was triumphant at the end of day 1 with a fantastic score of 70, closely followed by his fellow countryman Wayne Baptiste with 77.

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On Day 2, the atmosphere took pity on us and gave us a cool, overcast morning which quickly became sunny with a hint of cool sea breezes. Again the competition was on! Some players had a slow front, but they quickly gained on the back. At the end of the tournament Grenadian David Augustine was victorious with a total gross score of 144, closely followed by Trinidadians Hafiz Hassanali with 145 and Wayne Baptiste with 147. The Dewars’ Grenada Golf Open was a fantastic culmination to the 2010 Golf season. We at Golf Life Magazine strongly believe that this competition can only get better with each coming year and we eagerly look forward to being a part of the 2011 edition of this competition. 18


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A bus was involved in an accident on the busy Highway on Friday afternoon. As expected, traffic came to a stand-still, and a large vocal crowd gathered. A male reporter from one of our ‘big’ newspapers, anxious to get his story could not get near the bus or the victim(s). Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, “ Unnuh let me through! Let me through! A mi madda get lick-dung. “ The crowd made way for him. Lying in front of the bus was a donkey.........BLESS!

A golf caddy is a person responsible for carrying a player’s golf bag and clubs as well as offering advice on club selection and strategies. Caddies work as a team with the players they caddy for. Some golf courses have caddy training programs with levels based on seniority and skills.

Attitude Golf caddies should be positive and calm. Whether they’re touring pros or weekend golfers, they may become nervous or frustrated, and they rely on their caddies for mental support. The caddy should stay close to the player and be loyal to that player’s needs.

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The caddy is responsible for knowing the course. This includes the distance from the tee to the green, the lay of the fairway and the slope of the green. A caddy should warn the golfer of any hazards, such as water or sand traps that can affect the golfer’s strategy.

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are any special requirements. During play, the caddy needs to be quiet and only speak when asked a question or the player initiates the conversation.

Course Repair The caddy is responsible for leaving the course intact for the next player. After the golfer takes a divot, the caddy should pick up the plug of grass and tamp it back into the hole. If the ball goes into a bunker, the caddy is responsible for smoothing the sand with the rake.

Maintain Equipment Each time the player finishes hitting with a club, the caddy should wipe the club before putting it back into the bag. Once the balls are on the green and after the hole is completed, the caddy should wipe it off before the next shot.

Be Ready Caddies should always have tees and balls ready for the golfer. Before the round begins, the caddy may want to put some balls and tees in their pockets so there won’t be any fumbling around in the bag.

Club Selection and Ball Placement The caddy should support the golfer with club selection. Caddies may offer advice or be engaged in a discussion about the club. A good caddy will keep an eye on the ball after it is hit. With two sets of eyes watching the ball, there is less doubt about where it landed.

On the Green Once the golfer’s ball is on the green, the caddy should be able to tell the golfer the distance from the ball to the hole after pacing it off. When the player putts, the caddy is in charge of removing the pin then replacing it after the hole is played.

Dress Appropriately Professional caddies should follow the golf course dress code. Some golf course caddies are required to wear a uniform shirt. Women caddies should be decently dressed, pants are preferred. The typical attire for a golf caddy is a collared knit shirt, khaki pants and cleats.


BEST CARIBBEAN COURSES Some of the world’s most famous golf architects, including Robert Trent Jones (both Jr. and Sr.), Pete Dye, and Gary Player, have designed challenging courses in the Caribbean.

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• Tierra del Sol Golf Course (Aruba; tel. 297/586-0978; www.tierradelsol.com): Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has designed an 18-hole, par-71, 6,811-yard course that is one of the grandest in the southern Caribbean. On the northwest coast of this arid, cactus-studded island, the course takes in Aruba’s indigenous flora, including the divi-divi tree.

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• Teeth of the Dog and The Links, Casa de Campo (Dominican Republic; tel. 809/5238800): Teeth of the Dog is one of designer Pete Dye’s masterpieces. Seven holes are set adjacent to the sea, whereas the other 11 are confoundedly labyrinthine. The resort also has a second golf course, The Links, which some claim is even more difficult.

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• The Tryall Club (Montego Bay, Jamaica; tel. 876/956-5660): This is the finest golf course on an island known for its tricky breezes. The site occupied by the Tryall Club was once the home of one of Jamaica’s bestknown sugar plantations, the only remnant of which is a ruined waterwheel. The promoters of Johnnie Walker Scotch, who know a lot about golfing, use this place for their most prestigious competition. In winter, the course is usually open only to guests of the Tryall Club.

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• Four Seasons Resort Nevis (Nevis; tel. 800/332-3442 in the U.S., 800/268-6282 in Canada, or 869/469-1111): We consider this our personal favorite in all of the Caribbean. It was carved out of a coconut plantation and tropical rainforest in the 1980s, and its undulating beauty is virtually unequaled. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course begins at sea level, rises to a point midway up the slopes of Mount Nevis, and then slants gracefully back down near the beachfront clubhouse. Electric carts carry golfers through a maze of well-groomed paths, some of which skirt steep ravines.

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• Cinnamon Hill Ocean Course (Rose Hall, Jamaica; tel. 876/953-2650): This is one of the top five courses in the world, even though it faces tough competition in Montego Bay. The signature hole is 8, which doglegs onto a promontory and a green that thrusts about 180m (590 ft.) into the sea. The back 9, however, are the most scenic and most challenging, rising into steep slopes and deep ravines on Mount Zion.

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The Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Championships is one of the biggest Golf Tournaments and one of the more popular Golfing Events in Barbados, attracting players from all over the world. Golfers compete in teams of four and there is also a ladies competition. The festival is hosted by Sir Garfield Sobers, the legendary Barbadian Cricketer. 22


JUNE 19, 2011

IS SICKLE CELL AWARENESS DAY How many of us actually know about this dreadful disease that affects millions of Caribbean brothers and sisters?

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GolfLife Magazine is a strong supporter of this cause and would be hosting a number of events, including a golf tournament in 2012 to help support the cause in finding a cure and helping those families in need. If you or your organization would be interested in getting on board and helping in any way, please contact us at email: tscaf2010@gmail.com and join our facebook fan page, the sickle cell awareness foundation.

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If you or someone you know has this disease you can take steps to reduce its complications. With good health care, many people who have sickle cell anemia can live productive lives. They also can have reasonably good health much of the time and live longer today than in the past. If you have sickle cell anemia, it’s important to adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle, take steps to prevent and control complications, and learn ways to cope with pain. If you have a child or teen who has sickle cell anemia, you can take steps to learn about the disease and help your child manage it. Researchers continue to look for new treatments for sickle cell anemia which includes gene therapy and improved bone marrow transplants.

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In my bid to make a difference I started the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation, based in Trinidad. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited, lifelong disease. People who have sickle cell anemia are born with it. They inherit two copies of the sickle cell gene—one from each parent. People who inherit only one sickle cell gene (from one parent) have a condition called sickle cell trait. They can pass the sickle cell gene to their children. Early diagnosis of sickle cell anemia is very important. Children who have the disease need prompt and proper treatment. Sickle cell anemia has no widely available cure. However, there are treatments for the symptoms and complications of the disease. Treatments include medicines, fluids, and procedures. Bone marrow transplants  may offer a cure in a small number of cases. You can prevent the spread of sickle cell anemia by getting tested and being in the KNOW, if you and your partner decide to have children.

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As someone living with the sickle cell trait, I have made myself aware. In February last year, I lost my cousin to this disease. Growing up as a kid I remember all the late and sleepless nights my grandmother would have. I remember him always being in pain and not being able to play with us. In those times however, people were not as aware as they are now, about the effects, on coming symptoms and pain management. What really touched me about his life though, is the fact that he was always smiling, happy, making people laugh even into his adulthood and up until his passing.

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Sickle cell anemia is a serious disease in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a “C.” Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain the protein hemoglobin. This iron-rich protein gives blood its red color and carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin that causes the cells to have a sickle shape. Sickle-shaped cells don’t move easily through your blood vessels. They’re stiff and sticky and tend to form clumps and get stuck in the blood vessels. Hence the painful crisis suffered. The clumps of sickle cells block blood flow in the blood vessels that lead to the limbs and organs. Blocked blood vessels can cause pain, serious infections, organ damage and death.


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