Sickle cell anemia is one of a group of disorders known as sickle cell disease. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body.
Normally, the flexible, round red blood cells move easily through blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These rigid, sticky cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.
There's no cure for most people with sickle cell anemia. But treatments can relieve pain and help prevent complications associated with the disease.
Research remains critical not only to the treatment of the disease, but to its cure as well. It is only through the generous support of blood donors and donations that the Sickle Cell Disease Association are able to make an impact on the Sickle Cell community. A percentage of your sale will be donated towards this process.