Beginning September 14, PIX11 News will air a multi-part series by reporter Nicole Johnson on living with and managing sickle cell disease. Johnson’s segments will air Monday, Sept. 14, Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 18 in the PIX11 News at 5 pm newscasts. The segments will also air during the morning newscasts that week. On Friday, September 18th Johnson, whose son Parker suffers from the disease, will be live on PIX11 Morning News to share her personal story.
Sickle Cell is a genetically inherited blood disease prevalent among people of African, Caribbean, Central/South American, East Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Asian and Southeast Asian ancestry which results in severe anemia, oxygen deprivation, poor circulation and extreme pain. Through Johnson’s series, PIX11 aims to raise awareness of this debilitating disease through emotional profiles of families dealing with the disease as well as doctors who are working on groundbreaking treatments. Johnson also discovered that some Sickle Cell patients are becoming involuntary drug addicts and explored what is being done to help them. The series will also provide information on support groups and resources for families.
Johnson will be participating in the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network (SCTPN Annual Sickle Cell Walk in Central Park on Saturday, September 19 in support of the SCTPN, which provides education, advocacy and services for individuals and families living with sickle cell disease, thalassemia (Cooley’s Anemia), and other inherited blood disorders. Johnson will also serve as the walk’s Grand Marshall and captain of Team Parker, in honor of her son:
More information on sickle cell can be found at PIX11.com/sicklecell.