South Floridians urged to take part in research leading to breakthroughs in fight against sickle cell disease

Sickle cell is an inherited red blood cell disorder that mainly afflicts people of African descent, but also Hispanics and those with southern European, Middle Eastern or Asian backgrounds. The disorder causes red blood cells to deform into a sickle shape, impacting blood flow to organs and tissues, and it can cause excruciating pain, strokes, anemia, and even lead to early death.