{meet} Elissa

Charlotte, NC

“Now I can dance, sing and laugh...

When she was just three months old, Elissa was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease, a genetic blood disorder in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape.  These cells don’t move easily through blood vessels and can block blood flow, causing severe pain, tissue damage and even stroke.

At two years old, Elissa suffered her first pain crisis.  Her mother, Natalie, crawled into the crib with her to help ease her discomfort. Elissa’s family would soon learn that blood transfusions, which they call ‘happy juice,’ would bring much-needed relief.  After each transfusion, her family is comforted as the light comes back into her eyes and the glow returns to her skin.

Elissa also allergic reactions to a variety of things in her environment.  To ward off potential illness, she spends most of her time indoors dancing, singing and telling jokes to her mother, older sister Elora, older brother Joshua and baby sister Tori.

Elissa, now an adolescent, continues her fight to stay healthy with the support of family, friends and local donors like you.

Despite her disease, she remains high-spirited and enjoys finding new ways to give back, such as fundraising for the Sickle Cell Foundation. 

CBCC is the primary blood supplier to the region’s patients and hospitals. Every Drop Stays Here. Saving Local Lives.

Because of local donors like you.”

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