DISCLAIMERThe information and materials accessed through or made available for use on any of our Sites, including, any information about diseases, conditions, treatments, or medicines, are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and your participation on our Sites does not create a healthcare professional-patient relationship. You should consult a doctor or other qualified health care professional regarding any questions you have about your health or before making any decisions related to your health or wellness. Call your doctor or 911 immediately if you think you may have a medical emergency.
Trusted Resources: News & Events
Latest announcements and gatherings
Family of late MMA fighter Rondel Clark starts foundation to raise awareness about extreme weight cutting
Arianne Clark had a layperson’s knowledge of weight cutting early last summer. She knew it was an unhealthy practice, one her sons — both MMA fighters — took part in.
“I knew that it was dangerous to cut weight,” Clark told MMA Fighting. “I think a lot of people know it’s dangerous to cut weight. You’re not supposed to lose so much weight in a short amount of time. I did not know it was deadly, no.”
Rondel Clark, a Sutton, Mass., native, competed in his second amateur MMA fight on Aug. 12, 2017. He cut weight leading into that bout to make weight. Three days after he left the cage, Rondel was dead at the age of 26.
Later, Arianne found out that Rondel’s kidneys failed due to severe dehydration, leading to his entire system shutting down. Rondel had the sickle cell trait, which Arianne learned accelerated his deterioration. An autopsy concluded that Rondel officially died from extreme rhabdomyolysis, the rapid breaking down of muscle tissue sometimes caused by physical overexertion combined with dehydration.
education & researchExercising after your stem cell transplantRegular exercise both before and after y...
education & researchProspective controlled trial on endurance exercise training in adult sickle cell disease patientsSickle cell disease (SCD) is the most co...
news & eventsKids With Sickle Cell Anemia are More Sedentary Than Healthy Peers, Study SuggestsChildren and adolescents with sickle cel...
Community CenterCrux of the matter with Elsie: Sexual Disposition of Sickle Cell WarriorsWhether we like it or not, sex is import...
Community CenterSending a Child With Sickle Cell Disease off to CollegeSickle cell disease afflicts about 100,0...
Community CenterMagical Monday Motivation: Sickle Cell Warrior # 17Living with Sickle Cell disease requires...
Community CenterPlaying through sickle cellEighteen minutes in with no break, Billy...
send a message
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.
Support for this site is provided by
This platform is made possible through a partnership with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) and its member organizations. SCDAA's mission is to advocate for people affected by sickle cell conditions and empower community-based organizations to maximize quality of life and raise public consciousness while advancing the search for a universal cure.