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Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease in which the body produces abnormal sickle-shaped red blood cells and low levels of the protein hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Normal disk-shaped red blood cells flow easily through a person’s blood vessels, but sickle cells stick to one another,Read More
Over 3 to 4 million Americans carry the sickle cell trait, and there is a 25 percent chance that a child could inherit the disease when both parents are carriers. Roughly one in 500 African-Americans are born with the disease, and according to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and the CDC, typical sickle cell anemiaRead More
“My mom, Lydia Smith, and my aunt both suffer from sickle cell. Seeing their pain has changed my life and has given me purpose – to do my best to alleviate the suffering of others with sickle cell." Mr. Robert L. Mackey( Founder/President, LSSCF )