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A fundraiser to help break the cycle of sickle cell disease that effects so many people in our society. It is more serious than people think.

HELP BREAK THE CYCLE

 I began this fundraiser to help raise money for sickle cell patients everywhere. I know way to many people who have loved ones that suffer from the disease and I myself know a few. When i was younger i use to hear about sickle cell and think it's probably nothing serious. But, what i failed to realize was how much pain and crises these people go through. Someone i know personally has the disease and has been in and out of hospitals for the majority of his life. He's encountered many surgeries, blood transfusions, and recently suffered from a stroke. Is that something that only a 21 year old should have to encounter in such a short time? Having to worry about taking three different prescriptions every night. I even met a nine year old boy who had the disease and at such a young age had already suffered TWO strokes. Sickle cells block the flow of blood through vessels which results in lung tissue damage, pain episodes in many different areas of the body, stroke, and priapism. It also causes damage to most organs (spleen,kidneys,and liver). It is a disease that is inherited when both parents contain the sickle cell trait. There are about 2.5 million people in America with the sickle cell trait and most of them don't even know they have it. Which is why in some cases they may produce a child with sickle cell disease. In the U.S. it is said that about 70,000 people have the sickle disease and about 1,000 babies are born with it each year in America. Currently there is no universal cure for sickle cell disease but research in gene therapy is currently being done.These people need your help and the money you donate towards the Sickle Cell Disease Association Of America Inc will help go towards finding a way to cure this disease. It is time that we break the cycle. Please open your hearts and help make a change. There are thousands of children, teens, and adults who are suffering. They live in pain every single day, will you help break the cycle?

For a reference and for more information on this terrible disease. Please visit. http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/about_scd/index.phtml

 

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