Facts about sickle cell disease can be found on websites such as WebMD, Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health. Sickle cell disease is also called "sickle cell anemia," and refers to a condition in which the body produces red blood cells that resemble sickles or crescents, as stated by the NIH.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited condition, and researchers have not yet found a cure, according to Mayo Clinic. The oddly-shaped red blood cells cannot travel as efficiently through the body's blood vessels, which means that oxygen cannot be delivered to organs like it should. Every year, approximately 2,000 infants are born with sickle cell disease, and around 2 million Americans carry the gene for sickle cell, as noted by WebMD.