Hands Of Hope -Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation, Inc.

A Non-Profit Organization

Cecelia Mitchell- President
of Hnads Of Hope-SCA

Effective August 15, 2016 , all volunteers must be at least 13 years or older.  A approved volunteer application must be file with our organization, prior to volunteering for any event sponsored by Hand of Hope.

                                                        Annie Johnson - Volunteer Coordinator   

Annie was born in Bradenton, FL, and has lived in Palmetto, FL,. She is a graduate of Manatee High School class of 1989. She is the youngest of several children.


After years of hearing she wouldn’t live to the age of eighteen, she and her family was devastated, because they kept worrying about when her last day was going to be. But she lived beyond eighteen, and after eighteen she was told that she would never be able to have any kids. The doctors were wrong, she gave birth to her one and only son Antonio McKinnes.  She said “This was one of the greatest days in my life, I was always told I couldn’t have children, and here I was having this precious baby boy.”


  After giving birth, she worked at Fingerhut Call Center until she was deemed disabled after her bilateral hip replacements were done in 1997. Which was also followed by a bilateral shoulder replacement. Now Annie takes pride in having the ability to everything a person without Sickle Cell Disease can do.

 She enjoys being around family, friends, and mostly her son and yet she’s still a surrogate mom, aunt, cousin and friend to many. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, reading the bible and spending time with her dog.

 If you have any questions, please contact us or send an email to: volunteers@handsofhope-sca.org  

         Cheryl Bellamy-Larry  - Vendor Coordinator 

If you or your company is inserted in becoming a vendor at any of our events, please contact us or send an email  to: vendor@handsofhope-sca.org  

Spot  W.D. Anderson

Spot was born on April 1, 2013, in Tampa, Florida. He was abandoned as a puppy by his parents, and placed up for adoption.

A kind and loving family took him in, and named him Spot  In his spare time he likes to make people laugh and have fun He also, likes running, fetching, swimming, and cuddling with wonderful people.

Thank you Banner Buzz for your donation of a  banner to our 5th Annual Sickle walk!  https://www.bannerbuzz.com/