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The Blood Center teams up with Sickle Cell Association of Houston

There are different descriptions of the pain. Some say it is like a constant shock with a Taser. Others say it’s like being stabbed repeatedly with the sharpest knife in the kitchen. Tonya Prince’s daughter compares it to a blood pressure cuff that’s too tight all over her body. Sickle cell, a genetic blood disorder, is a debilitating disease.

In 2018, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partnered with the Sickle Cell Association of Houston to host a blood drive in recognition of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

Blood transfusion is one treatment used to combat complications from sickle cell disease, a form of anemia most likely to affect people of African descent. Prince and her now 27-year-old daughter, Quannecia McCruse, founded the Sickle Cell Association of Houston years ago to educate and provide resources to the community.

“The pain just strikes unwarranted,” Prince said. “You can have the best diet, you can work out, you can drink all of the water in the world, it’s just a matter of your body just turning on itself and deciding when it wants to work for you or against you.”

Posted by Julie Silva on in Committed Hearts

About the Author

Julie’s work at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has given her the opportunity to meet amazing people in our community who are inspiring a new generation with their powerful stories of hope.

She previously spent more than a dozen years as a journalist in Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi, and the Houston suburbs. Currently, she and her husband, Dennis, reside in Katy.

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