RAISING AWARENESS FOR SICKLE CELL ANEMIA
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which shines a light on the inherited blood disease that overwhelmingly affects people of African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent. Sickle Cell Disease, or SCD, is named for the sickle-like shape red blood cells take in people who have the disease.
These red blood cells harden, leading to blockages and a number of chronic symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and vision problems to name a few. Anemia is a common complication where red blood cells, which typically live for 120 days, die off in as few as 10 days. The shortage of red blood cells means the body can’t receive enough oxygen.
Although doctors haven’t found a cure yet, maintaining a healthy lifestyle — managing pain, preventing infections, eating well, exercising, staying hydrated, and regular preventative care — can help individuals with sickle cell disease live full lives. Early detection means earlier management of the disease, so newborn screenings are key. Additionally, adult screenings allow people to find out if they’re unknowing carriers of the trait.
Brie Clark, a US Glove athlete and All-American gymnast, has been a champion of causes related to SCD. “Sickle Cell Anemia doesn’t get talked about much, and many don’t fully understand what it is,” says Brie. “Sickle Cell is an overall very painful and life-altering disease. Donating to this can be used for treatment, research for a cure, and to help those who have sickle cells.”
To support Brie and this cause, US Glove is donating a portion of the proceeds from every pair of Tiger Paws purchased this month to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, an organization dedicated to advocating for people affected by SCD and improving their quality of life.
Sienna and Mahogany are the two latest additions to the Tiger Paws collection, helping to ensure all athletes feel comfortable in their skin. Brie herself spoke about the challenges she’s faced as an athlete of color searching for clothing and equipment that matches her complexion.
“I used to have to wear black Tiger Paws because the tan stood out more and just didn’t match my tone,” Brie explains. “This happens in many things like competition bras, where it can be very hard to find darker skin tones. I am so excited that Tiger Paws has so many shades for everyone! It really makes me feel good knowing that now people will see me and not just my Tiger Paws.”
To make direct contributions to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, or to learn more about SCD, visit their website here.
*A portion of the proceeds from any pair of Tiger Paws purchased on the US Glove website between September 14, 2022 and October 15, 2022, up to $1000.00 USD, will be donated to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
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