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It’s the Holiday Season, How & why you should give to Sickle Cell

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My Son and Sickle Cell Disease

by Deborrha Armstrong, Communications Director Franklin County Children Services.

Although Sickle Cell Disease is some- thing you can’t see, those impacted by it feel and live with its devastating effects every day. As a mother who lost her child to this disease, I pray along with other families that the cure will come soon.

My son, Yon Armstrong died from sickle cell disease complications in 2002 – he was only 30 years old. To look at Yon and others affected by this illness you would not know that something was wrong. He was a handsome, talented,
young man who was also an actor, mod- el, teacher and scholar. Yet, each day he woke up with pain surging throughout his body. Most of the time he just endured the discomfort but often the pain was so bad that he would have to be hospitalized and receive treatment for the crisis… Continues on The Praise Reporter – Pg. 12