Tia Wilson and her family have been deeply affected by sickle cell disease. Not only does Tia have sickle cell, but her brother, cousin and aunt all died from complications from the disease.
When she was just 3 years old, Tia suffered a stroke. She was hospitalized and began getting blood and platelet transfusions every four weeks. In 2015, Tia got a bone marrow transplant from another of her brothers.
As she’s grown up, Tia’s health has improved and her positive spirit and the generosity of blood donors are keeping her strong. Tia is thankful and hopeful that Versiti investigators can find better treatments and ultimately a cure for sickle cell disease.
“My goal is to make a difference by showing families out there that we can beat this disease,” says Tia’s mom, Mickey.