From Black Panthers to sickle cell warriors

In 1971, the Black Panthers started the Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation, spurring the government to support research about the chronic condition disparately affecting African American communities. Long Beach resident Kandis Moore tells VoiceWaves reporter Lightmary Flores how she learned to cope with the inherited condition that hospitalized her more than 150 times before age 12. It all started with a summer camp for kids like her. “All my life I never felt like there was anyone that understood me until I stepped out of that bus and saw other kids just as skinny, just as black, and with eyes as yellow as mine.” Read the story at VoiceWaves.



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