About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

The Iyanna Mitchell Foundation is an Exclusive Signature Program that operates under the umbrella of The John Fair III SCI Foundation Inc,. The Inspiration of the John Fair movement was founded on 3 principals: Advocacy | Socialization | Recreation. Much like the namesake, Young Iyannah was diagnosed at a very young age with Sickle Cell SS, and a diagnosis that was designed to limit her in life propelled both her and John towards strength and excellence. 

Both missions were created to shed light on silent and visible illnesses that cause those who struggle with them to face more than physical elements, but social ones as well. Together the gladiators who are backing these warriors are determined to educate, and bring awareness not just to their community but to the entire world.

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What Is Sickle Cell?

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a common inherited blood disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 70,000 to 10,0000 Americans predominantly African Americans. SCD is caused by a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle.” The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow

Sickle Cell SS also known as “Hemoglobin SS disease” (HbSS). HbSS is the most common type of sickle cell disease in today’s society. It occurs when you inherit copies of the hemoglobin S gene from both parents. This forms hemoglobin known as Hb SS. As the most severe form of SCD, individuals with this form also experience the worst symptoms at a higher rate.

Meet The Team

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Brandi Lilly

Program Director | Advocate 

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Vivian Jones

Assistant Program Director | Advocate

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Iyannah Mitchell 

Board Member | Signature Brand Ambassador

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La'Voshea Deon

Advocate | Public Relations | Ambassador

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