Sickle Cell is a genetic blood disorder that leads to lifelong complications and shortened life expectancy...
Sickle Cell occurs in the body when abnormal genes are inherited from both parents. Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. Abnormal hemoglobin form stiff rods within red blood cells changing their shape from a disc to a crescent, making them prone to the slowing or stoppage of blood flow to organs in the body due to the stickiness and inflexibility of sickle cells. As a result, in addition to pain crises, people living with Sickle Cell often experience organ failure or strokes, sometimes leading to an untimely death.
1. A set of ancestors, or line of descent of a person.
2. 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Tamoya Simpson to eliminate the disparities affecting the Sickle Cell population in the United States.
With both parents carrying the Sickle Cell Trait, one knowingly and the other unknowingly, it was inevitable that Sickle Cell Disease would rear its ugly head among this sibling duo.
Unfortunately, Khamali is the one that was born with the disease. While Tamoya has no trace of Sickle Cell, the disease or the trait, watching the damage Sickle Cell has had on the physical, mental, and emotional state of her brother left an imprint in her mind and on her heart.
As a result, she launched The September Social, an annual fundraising series benefiting various Sickle Cell organizations and initiatives. While she found fulfillment in producing The September Social each year, she had desires to make a greater impact. As Founder and President of Bloodline Inc., her goal is to implement programs and initiatives that will help improve the quality of life for those living with Sickle Cell.