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A Total Cure For Sickle Cell Disease!

Judge Clarease Rankin Yates created “Let The Fashions Begin” in 1995 to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Association of Gulf Texas; and in 2001 Let The Fashions Begin became an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation.


The mission of “LTFB” is to accelerate the discovery of a total cure for sickle cell disease. This event has successfully raised over a half million dollars for sickle cell research over the past several years.


Serving nearly 500 children from the Houston area alone, Texas Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Center offers the services of a multidisciplinary team, including board-certified pediatric hematologists, pediatric nurse practitioners and social workers, all with expertise in sickle cell disease. Through its affiliation with Baylor College of

Medicine, the Center also assists patients in making the transition from pediatric to adult sickle cell care. Dr. Brigitta U. Mueller is the Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Center.


In the past several years, over 20 sickle cell disease research projects have been funded fully or in part by proceeds from “Let The Fashions Begin” Men of Style Gala. These research projects are designed to better understand, prevent and manage painful

episodes. They have help researchers study new drugs for the treatment of sickle cell

disease, and develop early interventions for life-threatening complications.


This event raises funds for the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Sickle Cell Center and honors men in the Houston community who have demonstrated strong community service and at the same time who have shown their sense of fashion savvy.

Texas Children's Hematology Center

Let the Fashions Begin supports the Sickle Cell Center at Texas Children’s Hematology Center.


The Center offers comprehensive family-centered care for children with this complex blood disorder. More info >

Sickle Cell Anemia

The term sickle cell disease (SCD) describes a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People with SCD have abnormal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, in their red blood cells. More info >

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