Sickle Cell Patient
Tesia Sutton is a victor—she has beaten a life threatening illness. Tesia was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was four years old. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately for Tesia her brother was a perfect donor match, and at the age of 16 she decided to undergo the treatment. The transplant was successful and Tesia is now a healthy young woman with a bright future.
Before her battle was won, however, Tesia needed blood transfusions to fight the disease and its debilitating attacks. She would be hospitalized four to five times a year, relying on the life saving donations of others to see her through these critical times. Tesia knows the importance of blood donations.
“People who are perfectly normal would be nothing without blood,” Tesia said, “how much more for people like me to need blood.”
Today, Tesia is a biology major at Jackson State University. She wants to be on the front lines with those finding a readily available cure for sickle cell disease. She looks forward to seeing others fight and win the war against this illness.
To those healthy enough to donate blood, Tesia has this to say:
“Donate blood if at all possible. You might be saving someone’s mother, someone’s child, someone’s father. [Giving blood] should be a sense of pride.”
Tesia is a victor, but she appreciates all those along the way that helped her to survive long enough to win.
Blood donors save lives.