African-Canadians urged: Save lives from sickle-cell anemia, donate blood, stem cells. It’s a disease that can cause sudden episodes of extreme pain. Often, only powerful, addictive painkillers can help relieve the pain. It’s chromic and untreatable, slashing the life expectancies of sufferers by 30 years. It demands comprehensive management, straining the resources and energy of families of children who suffer from it.
It’s sickle cell anemia, the potentially fatal inherited disease of the red blood cells that predominantly affects people of African, South American or Caribbean descent.