At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Elani receives treatment for sickle cell disease. Sickle cell, which is inherited, is a group of blood disorders that prevent the normal flow of blood in the body, because of the effect on the hemoglobin within red blood cells.
Elani takes daily medication and visits St. Jude monthly. She loves to cook and make crafts. “Elani knows she’s not struggling with this alone,” said her mom. “She sees other kids at the hospital and they’re doing ballet and playing sports and traveling. The connection St. Jude has provided for her has helped her so much.”