Born with Sickle Cell Anemia, Ashley has been fighting the disease her entire life. On April 21, Ashley and her family will travel to Washington, DC for a long awaited bone marrow transplant, which should CURE her of this painful illness. Ashley's brother Blair, a 100% match, is the bone marrow donor. This will be a three year process that will require over a month of hospitalization.
Shortly after receiving the news of Ashley's surgery, friends and family have come together to fundraise for the enormous expenses she now faces. Thank you in advance for your donations. Please keep Ashley and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
About Sickle Cell Anemia:
Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary blood disorder, in which the red blood cells
that are normally shaped like a disc, take on a sickle or crescent shape. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body. The abnormal cells deliver less oxygen to the body's tissues and can also easily get stuck in small blood vessels and break into pieces. This can interrupt healthy blood flow and dangerously cut down on the amount of oxygen flowing to body tissues.
Sickling decreases the cells' flexibility and results in a risk of various life-threatening complications. People with sickle cell anemia have painful episodes called crises. These usually last from five to seven days and often require hospitalization. Life expectancy is shortened. In 1994, in the US, the average life expectancy of persons with this condition was estimated to be 42 years in males and 48 years in females.