Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

It's Sickle Cell Awareness Month! Their was a challenge on Instagram called #BoldLipForSickleCell that I'm participating in. The goal is to bring awareness to this disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin*S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels.

When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can each that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.

An estimated 100,000 people live with Sickle Cell Disease in the United States and millions affected globally.

Please visit their website for a list of information on events and how you could help this cause. 

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