Doctor, teacher help young people manage Sickle Cell Disease

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — This time of year typically marks a major transition for young adults, as many prepare to return to high school, college, or leave home for the first time. For many, COVID-19 has complicated matters.

It’s even more challenging for students battling Sickle Cell Disease, a devastating and lifelong inherited blood disorder that disproportionately impacts African Americans and Hispanics.

Here to help young adults as they learn how to take on more responsibility for managing their health, especially during the ongoing pandemic, are Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, along with KC Morse, a teacher who lives with Sickle Cell Disease.

For Illinoisans looking for information on SCD, visit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois.

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