Together We Can Make a Difference



Dr. Bolanle Olaniran

Eric E. Strong

Bill Camp-Romero

Sickle Cell Ministries was founded in Lubbock, Texas, by Dr. Bolanle Olaniran. The program was launched in June 2004 but it did not become a legal corporation until December 2007. With the help of his friend, Bill Camp, they created a chapter to educate, counsel and provide spiritual needs for people affected by sickle cell. 

Dr. Bolanle Olaniran has always had a calling to minister and counsel those diagnosed with sickle cell since he was diagnosed with the disease in 1974. At this time, sickle cell was not an easily diagnosable disease and it affected one of his brothers who was misdiagnosed with polio. The misdiagnosis left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. He eventually died at the young age of 32 in 1999. Three years prior to that date, Dr. Olaniran lost his youngest brother at the age of 21, a week after suffering a severe sickle cell crisis. Through these troubling times, he felt a personal calling to inform those affected by the disease and advise younger adults to make wise marriage decisions so their children are not at risk of developing the disease. In the Bible, Luke 12:48 says, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” and by founding this non-profit organization, Dr. Olaniran feels he can help people through God’s will.

The Redbud Baptist Church provides financial support to buy medication and equipment for blood testing for Baptist Medical Hospital Iwo. Also, they have helped raise money for Dr. Olaniran to travel to Africa.  Since 2004, Dr. Olaniran has traveled to Nigeria, Ghana and Brazil to minister to people. However, in 2008, he was unable to go anywhere due to his own sickle cell crisis.

Eric E. Strong is a former director of the Texas Tech University’s Upward Bound program. His passion to help underserved groups and population is well documented. Upon his retirement from Texas Tech. Eric has taken his passion to new heights in serving humanity. He is currently the president and director of the Lubbock Historical Roots Arts Council. On a lighter note, Eric’s passion for culture is enormous and he is popularly sought as a story teller.


Bill Camp-Romero served in the Military as a combat veteran and is a Texas Tech Alumni who devotes his life to serving others. He is passionate about educating people about sickle cell disease both in the United States and Central America. His love for Panama in particular is something to behold. He is funny and expects people to laugh at his jokes. So if you meet Bill try to laugh at his jokes will you?