A Brother’s Battle with Sickle Cell Disease Inspires Others to Raise Awareness and Donate Blood
By Dan Dowling, Regional Communications Manager
“At the time, I didn't know what sickle cell disease was. I can remember my brother always agonizing about how much pain he was in, watching him go in and out of the hospital. That process right there was very scary. That was something I'll never forget in my life.”
Shawn Pratt was too young, at the time, to understand the pain his older brother, Milton, was going through. His brother suffered with sickle cell disease and would often be in pain for days, and even weeks, at a time.
“He had a lot of energy. He was very good to be around,” said Pratt. “I can remember those bouts of when he was not going through it. You see a happy person.”