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Patient Fights Sickle Cell Disease and Becomes Golf Champion

Marley was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth—a painful and hereditary condition in which the red blood cells are abnormally shaped like a crescent. The sickle cells are stiff and sticky and tend to block the flow of blood and oxygen in blood vessels of the limbs and organs, causing pain and organ damage. “I used to have headaches that wouldn’t be like normal headaches,” said Marley. Tirzah helped explain, “Marley would just scream from the discomfort.”