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Dr. Lakiea Bailey, a Passionate Survivor of Sickle Cell, Joins Fight for Cures

I am Dr. Lakiea Bailey, research scientist, sickle cell disease patient, patient advocate and activist.

Diagnosed with sickle cell disease at age three, I am a passionate advocate for those living with rare diseases and am committed to serving as a voice of encouragement within the sickle cell community. Obtaining a diagnosis was an uphill battle for my mother. I was born in the late ‘70’s, prior to widespread newborn screening, when trait-related symptoms were dismissed as simply having “weak blood.”

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