​​​​​​About Us

The St. Petersburg Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) was the brainchild of Mrs. Mary Murph, who actually organized and founded the first chapter of SCDAA in Florida in 1971. Filled with sensitivity and concern for the community, Mrs. Murph began a writing campaign throughout the United States to gather information and data about sickle cell anemia. Forty-five years later, she is even more committed to educating the community about the disease and providing assistance to those in need of services.  

Our local chapter currently provides services for 135 families in South Pinellas County.   Services include ...

Family Support Group


Educational Presentations

Genetic Counseling

Christmas Activities/Gifts

Referral Services

Wishing Fund

Emergency Family Assistance

Recreational Enrichment 

We are a not-for-profit organization that provides the latest sickle cell disease information for families needing assistance. We strive to offer the best advice and most current news to keep families as healthy and safe as possible.  Our clients come from all walks of life. Anyone that has sickle cell disease and lives in South Pinellas County can join the St. Petersburg Chapter.  Persons living outside of our service area may contact our office to find the chapter for your residential area.

For more information regarding services, please call our local office at 727-896-2355.

Our mission is two-fold:

                   (1)  To educate and improve public understanding of Sickle Cell Disease and                           Sickle Cell Trait; and

                   (2)  To enhance the quality of life for individuals affected with Sickle Cell                                   Disease by facilitating activities to lend economic, psychological, and                                 social support.


Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
​St. Petersburg Chapter, Inc.



Mary Murph

Mae Welch

Vice President
Sandra Law


Dr. Sharon Jackson

Corresponding Secretary
Lula Love


Rev. Willie Miller


Dr. Rozalyne Wright


Tamara Felton-Howard, Esq.


Justin Miller

Public Relations/Social Media

Veronica Burge

Christopher Calloway

Dr. Leila Jerome Clay
Margaret Gilliam

Mila Holmes
Ethel Moody

​Dr. Carol Robertson



Outreach Coordinator​​

Elizabeth Clarke