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You’d never know this 2-year-old has sickle cell anemia

When you meet 2-year-old Evelyn Islam, the first thing you notice is her grin. And her friendliness. And her curiosity.

You can’t help but smile as she mischievously steals phones to play with. You can’t help but be drawn into a conversation as she explains her surroundings to you in earnest toddler-speak. And you can’t help but play right along with her as she shows you her collection of beads from Beads of Courage, an organization that supports children who have serious illnesses.

Although Evelyn’s sickle cell anemia is a serious chronic medical condition, the fact that it isn’t obvious from the outside makes it easy to see Evelyn for the person she is. It’s easy for her to be defined by something other than her illness.