Recently I had the amazing opportunity to photograph Tampa families at the Children’s Cancer Center during their sickle cell disease family support night. This was truly such an honor to me, as many of the families had never had a family portrait created. Check out some of the beautiful families I was blessed to photograph:
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects nearly 100,000 people in the United States. It is most common in Africans and African-Americans. Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to form into a crescent shape, like a sickle. The sickle-shaped red blood cells break apart easily, causing anemia. Sickle red blood cells live only 10-20 days instead of the normal 120 days. The damaged sickle red blood cells also clump together and stick to the walls of blood vessels, blocking blood flow. This can cause severe pain and permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, bones, and spleen. About 2,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease each year in the United States. To learn more about sickle cell disease or to support the Children’s Cancer Center, click here.