Sarcoidosis Outreach and Support Of Alabama
Discovering A Cause
              is Hope  For A Cure

( Sar-coy-doe-sis)

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect any organ in your body. It causes heightened immunity, which means that a person's immune system, which normally protects the body from infection and disease, overreacts, resulting in damage to the body's own tissues. The classic feature of sarcoidosis is the formation of granulomas, microscopic clumps of inflammatory cells that group together (and look like granules, hence the name). When too many of these clumps form in an organ they can interfere with how that organ functions.

Who Is Diagnosed with Sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis can affect any age, race or gender. More people are diagnosed between the ages of twenty to forty than any other age. There are more African Americans diagnosed than any other race.

It is more likely that if someone that has been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis that a close relative will be diagnosed.
Therefore suggesting that genetics play a role. However researchers have not discovered a genetic link.

Tina's Story

Tina Twyman made this video in April 2010 to help spread sarcoidosis awareness. Within a year Tina was placed on the lung transplant list at U.A.B. in Birmingham Al. Tina passed away on May 4, 2011 leaving two small children along with other family members that loved her very much.
Sarcoidosis Specialist

Alabama: The Sarcoidosis Clinic

 Joseph Barney M.D.Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, UAB Multidisciplinary Sarcoidosis Clinic
Director, UAB ICU Clinical Research Consortium
The Kirklin Clinic University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB)
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35223
(205) 801-8000

Sami, Naveed, M.D.
Dept. of Dermatology
The Kirklin Clinic University of Alabama Birmingham UAB
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35223
1720 University Blvd
EFH 407
Dept. of Dermatology
Birmingham, AL 35294

​The Sarcoidosis Hope Walk 2015 was a great success, 5000.00 was raised for  The UAB Sarcoidosis Research Fund.
A big thank you to everyone that participated in the walk.

Support group meetings are held quarterly
The Third Saturday
                January, April, July and October 
                            at The Gadsden Public Library                 
  254 College St
Gadsden, Al. 35901
      Call Alice Minyard 256-442-0463 to verify meetings.
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