A Message From Stacey Mason-Sottile:
When I was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at 11 months old, doctors told my parents I’d never live to see my twenties. Now I’m in my thirties, a wife and a mother of two, a journalist and spoken-word artist, and a devoted believer in the power of blood… and in the good work of New York Blood Center.
I give back to my community by educating people about sickle cell and the importance of regular treatment. There are about 2.5 million people in America with the sickle cell trait. For me, it caused gall bladder disease, pulmonary hypertension, and temporary blindness.
While in the hospital, I am treated for days or weeks at a time. Drop by drop, the donated blood gradually travels through my body, bringing me back to good health. Without the resources, research and caring provided by the wonderful people at NYBC, I wouldn’t be here, and wouldn’t be able to share my life with my children.
I hope everyone understands what NYBC is all about, and why its work is so important to me, to you, and to 20 million other people in the New York area.