What is KJ’S Hope Foundation?

The mission of KJ’s Hope Foundation, Inc. is to educate, encourage and empower individuals living with sickle cell disease.

Ultimately, we want to be a constant reminder that you were built to beat the odds.

We provide resources to educate the general population about sickle cell anemia. Additionally, we work to make sure those living with sickle cell, have access to the information needed to effectively manage it.

We partner with our local blood and bone marrow banks to find ways to encourage more people to donate both blood and bone marrow.

We form support groups for parents of kids with sickle cell anemia, as well as support groups for adults living with sickle cell anemia.

We have a team of prayer warriors that take prayer requests and intercede continuously on your behalf.

When possible, we provide temporary financial support to those needing assistance with purchasing medicine or getting healthcare to manage their sickle cell.

We bring love and hope to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses, by forming volunteer groups (Agents of Hope) to visit those places and provide entertainment to the patients through dramatic skits, arts and crafts, reading, etc.

The basics about sickle cell (Sickle Cell 101)

What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of anemia — a condition, in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body.

Normally, your red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through your blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.

What is the cause?

Sickle cell anemia is caused by a mutation in the gene that tells your body to make the red, iron-rich compound that gives blood its red color (hemoglobin). Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. In sickle cell anemia, the abnormal hemoglobin causes red blood cells to become rigid and sticky.

The sickle cell gene is passed from generation to generation in a pattern of inheritance called autosomal recessive inheritance. This means that both the mother and the father must pass on the defective form of the gene for a child to be affected.

If only one parent passes the sickle cell gene to the child, that child will have the sickle cell trait. With one normal hemoglobin gene and one defective form of the gene, people with the sickle cell trait make both normal hemoglobin and sickle cell hemoglobin. Their blood might contain some sickle cells, but they generally don’t have symptoms. But they are carriers of the disease, which means they can pass the gene to their children.

meet our team

Board Of Directors

Tanya S. James

President

Tanya S James is the founder & CEO of the TJ Entertainment Group. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism and Public Relations from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. She is married and the mother of two kids, one of which was born with sickle cell disease and had a bone marrow transplant in 2015 to cure the disease. Tanya is very passionate about educating others about both sickle cell disease and the bone marrow transplant journey.

Paul S. Morton Jr. (PJ Morton)

Board Member

Grammy Award and Dove Award winner PJ Morton is a songwriter, producer and R&B artist. Alongside, performing with pop powerhouse Maroon 5 and collaborating with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Solange, and Erykah Badu, he is the founder and CEO of Morton Records based in New Orleans, LA. PJ is married with three small kids and has several close friends living with sickle cell anemia.

Comekia Blake

Secretary

Comekia is an elementary school teacher in Dallas, Texas. She has been teaching since 2007 and currently teaches fourth grade. She has her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master of Education from Northcentral University. Comekia is currently working on her Doctorate of Education with Grand Canyon University. Comekia Blake resides in Forney, Texas with her husband and three children and a nephew. Her youngest son has sickle cell disease.

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Work with us

 If you are interested in becoming a volunteer (Agent of Hope),  joining a support group or submitting a prayer request, please contact us:


KJ’s Hope Foundation
PO Box 80249
Conyers GA 30013
tanya@kjshope.org

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