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September Is a Great Month to Show Your Support

September Is a Great Month to Show Your Support

Join us in recognizing Sickle Cell Awareness Month 

Tessa Anderson understands what it is like to have 2 of her beloved family members fighting every day to stay healthy.  Tessa, who works in our accounting office in Lake Charles, LA, has dedicated much of her free time and energy to working with Sickle Cell support groups and fundraising events.  Many of Tessa's co-workers have also supported her efforts by participating in Hydration Campaigns and Walk/Run events. 

In a previous article, Tessa shared that “every now and then I get a little weak, and I get upset because I feel like we are battling it by ourselves.  It’s exciting to work for a company that does a lot for so many different causes… It makes the battle a little easier.”   

Quick Facts about Sickle Cell Disease from the CDC 

  • According to the CDC, Sickle Cell Disease is a group of inherited blood disorders 
  • Healthy red blood cells are round and move through blood vessels carrying oxygen throughout the body 
  • In Sickle Cell Disease, the red blood cells become hard and stick and C-shaped like a ‘sickle’ 
  • Sickle cells may stick in small blood vessels and block the flow of blood and oxygen 
  • Sickle cell blockages cause repeated episodes of pain, organ damage, infections and even strokes 

Sickle Cell is a painful genetic blood disorder impacting more than 100,000 people in the United States. With 2.5 million carrying the trait, it is the most inherited blood disorder in America.   

Learn more about Sickle Cell Awareness Month and how you can support Tessa and other families affected by Sickle Cell Disease in your community by checking out these organizations:  

Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana | ( 

Home - Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation ( 

Home | Houston Sickle Cell ( 

About Home Furniture Plus Bedding: Home Furniture Plus Bedding is a furniture and mattress retail company that provides employment and career opportunities to over 300 dedicated employees. With 8 locations across the Gulf Coast (Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, New Iberia LA, Lake Charles LA, Nederland TX and Beaumont TX), Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Distribution Center and Main Office is in Lafayette LA.