What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle Cell Disease (SDS) is an inherited blood disorder and a lifelong, debilitating illness. In addition to requiring frequent hospital stays, SDS comes with serious complications, the hallmarks being chronic pain and significant psychosocial stressors. Children and young adults can die from the disease.
In the United States there are over 100,000 individuals with sickle cell disease.
Who gets the disease?
In the United States, the disease occurs most often among African-Americans (in about 1 of every 400 African-American births) and among Hispanics of Caribbean ancestry (one in every 1,000 to 1,400 Hispanic-American children). Throughout the world, the disease is also found among people of Arabian, Greek, Italian, Sardinian, Turkish, Maltese, and southern Asian ancestry.
How you can help:
The Cleveland Clinic Children's Sickle Cell caregiver team is asking for your help providing assistance to patients living with this challenging medical condition. Many of our patients' families face significant financial barriers when it comes to transportation to and from appointments, covering medical costs, or even heating their homes. Severe temperatures have been shown to exacerbate pain symptoms of sickle cell disease.
Please consider giving to this incredibly worthy cause, and make a real difference in a child's life. 100% of your donation goes directly to a family in need. We thank you for thinking of these kids and making their days a bit easier.