The 37-cent Sickle Cell Disease Awareness commemorative stamp was issued in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty on September 29, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia. James Gurney of Rhinebeck, New York, illustrated the stamp.
With the Sickle Cell Disease Awareness issue, the Postal Service calls attention to an important health issue. Common throughout the world, sickle cell disease refers to a group of inherited disorders that affect the red blood cells. People of all races should be screened with a simple blood test to determine if they have the disease or carry the inherited sickle cell trait.
Art director Howard Paine and artist James Gurney settled on a humanistic approach; Gurney's oil painting stresses the love between parent and child. Typographer John Boyd created the legend across the top reading "TEST EARLY FOR SICKLE CELL."
Avery Dennison printed 96.4 million stamps in the gravure process.
Postal Bulletin (August 19, 2004).