To one family Ryan’s Run For Sickle Cell Disease is much more than an annual event.
When Erika Moore was a child, she was diagnosed with Sickle Cell.
“Things that people take for granted every day we have to live with and struggle to try to do,” Moore said.
Going from hospital to hospital she says growing up wasn’t easy.
“Just simple things like P.E I couldn’t participate in at that time because we were told that it could be harmful,” she said.
Now as a grown woman she says she’s learned to live with the disease, but some days are unbearable.
“It’s hard to get out of bed because of pain and not having enough energy,” she said.
Moore credits her support system. She says her mom, sister, and other family helped her along the way. Her sister Richelle Mccollum saying it was hard to see in her baby sister in so much pain.
“Growing up I would witness [Erika] being in the hospital a lot. At age two, three, being in the hospital bed having IV’s to her,” Mccollum said.
One moment she says she’ll never forget is when she thought she had to live a life without her best friend, her sister.
“It’s hard for a sibling to see another sibling go through that when you don’t even understand what it is because you can’t see. When you look at their body you don’t see anything wrong,” Mccollum said.
Doing her research and getting more knowledgeable on her disease Moore says just because she has this disease doesn’t mean she’s not going to live every day to the fullest. She says she encourages everyone battling the disease to do the same.
“We are warriors. We are some strong people and we can live a good life,” Moore said.
Ryan’s Run For Sickle Cell Disease occurs annually. September is national sickle cell awareness month.