My name is Reem Siddiqui and I am currently a junior at Cranbrook Schools in Michigan. When I was younger and didn't have a babysitter on an unexpected day off from school, my mother would bring me to her work. She is a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with Sickle Cell Disease. This is a genetic disorder where patients have multiple chronic problems, including anemia, severe debilitating pain episodes, and a high risk of stroke. These children need constant specialized medical care and some need frequent blood transfusions to maintain their quality of life. Missing blood transfusion appointments can put them at high risk for strokes and can have devastating consequences on their health and well-being. Unfortunately, some children miss their appointments frequently due to lack of transportation. I was extremely disheartened by this and I couldn't shake off the feeling of wanting to help these kids lead a normal and healthy life.
The sickle cell clinic at Children's Hospital of Michigan has over 700 patients and more than 90% live in the city of Detroit. We provide transportation to these kids for their medical appointments.
Please open your hearts and join me in helping our community, I need your support to make it happen.