Shakira Aminah Martin was born on June 1, 1986 in Brooklyn, NY to Alphonso Martin and Andrea Hall, Shakira succumbed to the sickle cell disease on August 3, 2016 at the tender age of 30.
About Shak’s Hope
Shak’s Hope, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to serve the community of people living with Sickle Cell Anemia. We pledge to dedicate our time to making those stricken with Sickle Cell live a better life, one person at a time.
A better way to live with Sickle Cell is our mantra. Our company was formed by way of necessity for change. Too often, we find, non-profits direct funds mainly to research and not enough towards quality of life for those living with life-threatening illness. Shak’s Hope comes from the heart of someone living with and experiencing the challenges of sickle cell patients. Her vision, of creating an environment which eases the discomfort and pain felt during SC crisis episodes, was born of the realization that most crisis patients live a closeted and uncomfortable life before, during and after crisis moments. Shakira never let the disease manage her lifestyle. Her determination to live a happy and fulfilling life transcended all pain. She made it her life mission to not suffer in silence and wanted her fellow sicklers to do the same.
Our goal of raising awareness through education is our primary focus. The first step in understanding the disease is knowing your status. For people of child bearing age, this is an important thing to know before starting a family.
Shak’s Hope is an organization whose mission is to raise awareness while providing services that improve the quality of life for those afflicted with Sickle Cell Anemia in South Florida and Jamaica.
Shak’s Hope Foundation Executive Board
Andrea is Shakira's loving mom and has served as a relationship manager at American Express for over 12 years and is currently on the Business Centurion Associate Relationship Manager team.
Rain is a Sociology Professor at Broward College.
Gina owns her own events company, Events Unlimited.
Rodrick is a CPA at William Webb & Associates, LLC.
Marlon is a partner at the law firm Hamilton, Miller and Birthisel.
Jhanel works as a Professional School Counselor on the School Board of Broward County.
Khristann works as a Project Manager at Parallon Business Solutions.
Shelissa works as a Project Assistant at D-Junction Mas.
Charlie owns his own acupuncture clinic and focuses on Functional and Restorative Medicine.
Sky works as a Life Coach at Transcend, LLC.