Children’s hospital changes lights for Sickle Cell Awareness Month

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital changed the color of its lights in recognition of Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

9-year-old Carlie Nunez, who is bravely battling the potentially deadly disease, flipped the switch changing the lights from blue to coral.

The indoor lights as well as the outside tower and canopy will temporary remain coral in recognition.sickle2

The courageous fourth grader standing beside her mother says the disease does not define her.

“I’m a brave girl,” said Nunez who receives monthly blood transfusions. “Nothing stops me and I’m really happy for who I am.”

Between 90,000 and 100,000 Americans are affected by the genetic disease. No racial or ethnic population is exempt from the disease. More than an estimated 2 million people carry the sickle cell gene that could potentially be passed to their children.

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