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Texan Lost Mother to Sickle Cell Disease. Now her Story is Helping Others in Their Fight


Kenya Buckley made a promise to honor her mother’s death by helping others. Today, she is keeping that promise through the Carol’s Promise Sickle Cell Foundation, which Buckley founded and launched in 2017. Her mother, Carol Groover, passed away in 2005 from sickle cell disease (SCD). The mission behind Carol’s Promise is to spread awareness, be an advocate, and support those who have been affected by the disease.

And, thanks to Buckley’s storytelling talents, the foundation is becoming known nationwide. She recently wrote a story about her mother as part of Grammy nominee and film star Jordin Sparks’ Generation S project. Five individuals from across the United States were selected to tell stories about being affected by SCD, and she was one.