Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Supporters Set to Observe World Sickle Cell Day on June 19

From sporting the color red to “shining a light” on sickle cell, supporters are set to mark World Sickle Cell Day June 19 to call attention to the inherited blood disorder that affects millions of people globally and about 100,000 in the U.S. In addition to raising awareness, the event…

New Rules in UK Allow More Black Donors to Give Blood for SCD

Blood donation restrictions in England that had prevented at least 12,000 Black donors from giving blood were lifted by the country’s government late last year in what the Sickle Cell Society called “a landmark change.” Now, citing “an urgent need” in the U.K. for blood donation from Black donors…

GBT Foundation Invites SCD Care Access Programs to Try for Grants

The GBT Foundation is calling for proposals for its Access to Care Empowerment for Sickle Cell (ACE) grant program, which will provide up to $250,000 to community-based sickle cell disease (SCD) organizations to accelerate development of care access programs for SCD patients. The ACE program, which was established this…

Cuddly Aflac Social Robot Ducks Aim to Comfort Children With SCD

The supplemental insurance provider Aflac is expanding its “My Special Aflac Duck” social robot program to benefit children with sickle cell disease (SCD). Healthcare professionals and nonprofit organizations can order the life-sized robotic companion for free for children ages 3 and up who have cancer or SCD.

GBT Launches Foundation to Help Underserved Patient Communities

Seeking to improve the health and life quality of underserved sickle cell disease (SCD) communities internationally, Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) has established The GBT Foundation. Created in part to mark the company’s 10 anniversary, the foundation will fund programs around the world that support SCD patients, their families,…