Sickle Cell Foundation gives back to local community

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

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MURFREESBORO – Robinson’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. of Murfreesboro partnered with Toys for Tots this year to sponsor three families for Christmas.

Travis Robinson (right), founder and CEO of Robinson’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc., is pictured with Dr. Robert Cole of Toys for Tots. Contributed Photo

With Sickle Cell Disease, the cooler seasons can cause people affected by it to go into a vaso-occlusive crisis and other complications.

Sickle Cell families often have no support system. Caregivers have to stay home or at the hospital and lose wages; some can’t work because of their sick child; most are on a fixed income which can cause poor nutrition that can lead to complications; and some have a hard time getting to and from doctor’s appointments.

Toys for Tots distributed toys to Sickle Cell families in Hertford, Gates, and Pitt counties.

Robinson’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. opens for doors for anyone affected by Sickle Cell Disease, but its service areas (Bertie, Gates, Hertford, Northampton and Pitt) are priority.

Locally, the toys were delivered to the families by Travis Robinson, a local nurse who is the CEO and founder of Robinson’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. Robinson is affected by Sickle Cell Disease himself.

He along with his mother, Julia Robinson, founded Robinson’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. on May 1, 2016. “This came after losing my sibling, Ti’Rell Robinson, who lost his life on Christmas Day 2014,” said Travis.

“Our mission is to help improve the quality of life for people living with Sickle Cell Disease through community awareness, advocacy, education, and providing resources to those with the disease,” he added.

“Robinson’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. wants to send our sincere thank you with gratitude for the toys donated,” Travis stated. “Thanks to Dr. Rodney Coles from Pitt County Toys for Tots and Angela Artis from Hertford County Toys for Tots for making this a success with helping us to bring awareness to Sickle Cell Disease.”

For those needing help or to learn more about Sickle Cell Disease, contact Travis Robinson at 252-686-9111 or email us at

“We will be glad to assist you in any way we can,” Robinson concluded.

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