When Braden was born, his parents were thrilled to welcome their miracle baby. But when he was just 3 months old, they faced a scary reality. Braden was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. His red blood cells are hard and sickle-shaped, instead of soft and round. These blood cells can get stuck in small vessels, causing intense pain known as sickle cell episodes. A few years ago, Braden was admitted to the hospital with acute chest syndrome, the leading cause of death for patients with sickle cell disease. A blood transfusion was critical to Braden’s survival. “It saved his life. That blood transfusion,” said his mother, Brenda. Help kids like Braden have the blood they need at a moment's notice. Thank you, Sickle Cell Fighter!
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