Sickle cell disease facts
- Is the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S., affecting about 100,000 Americans
- Is most common in African-Americans and Hispanics, but can occur in all races
- Affects about 1 out of 365 African-American babies born in the U.S.
Meet sisters Kaitlyn and Khirsten
With us having three girls, two having the illness, we are praying for a cure.
- Nichole, Kaitlyn and Khirsten's mother
St. Jude patients Kaitlyn and Khirsten
Today St. Jude is:
- exploring innovative gene therapy approaches, giving patients a healthy version of a defective gene.
- improving outcomes with new clinical bone marrow transplantation trials, decreasing transplant-related side effects.
- leading the Sickle Cell Clinical Research and Intervention Program (SCCRIP), which studies disease progression into adulthood and how to improve quality of life.
Meet Elani's family
Thanks to St. Jude, we were able to get off the sidelines of life.
- Darnita, Elani's mother
St. Jude patient Elani with her family
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St. Jude patient Za'Mya with her mom