September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month, which you should already be aware of. But did you know that 1 in 12 Blacks has the sickle cell trait?
Sickle-cell anemia is a disease that occurs when the red blood cells in the body are shaped like crescents, which can block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage and also raises the risk for infection.
It is estimated that between 90 to 100,000 Americans are living with sickle-cell anemia, many of them people of color, which includes these notable celebrities with Sickle Cell Disease.