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Our Family’s Journey With Sickle Cell Disease

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day. We sat down with Andrea Matthews, a parent of a child with sickle cell disease to share her family’s journey with this disease.

If you’re unfamiliar with sickle cell disease (SCD), you may be surprised to learn that over 275,000 individuals a year are diagnosed with the condition in the world.

SCD is an inherited blood disorder in which the body doesn’t produce enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body. The condition causes anemia, episodes of pain, swelling of the hands and feet, frequent infections, delayed growth, and vision problems. It has been estimated that approximately 100,000 people in the United States are affected by SCD.