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June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day, and to raise awareness about the condition, Wunmi Bakare and Dima Hendricks are launching a podcast. Both women have experience with sickle cell disease and aim to create a community where others with similar struggles can learn and share. 

The #ThroughTheGenes podcast will explore the lived experiences of patients who participated in Gene therapy and bone marrow transplant, a treatment option for people with sickle cell disease. The podcast also aims to explore the risks, benefits, and limitations of gene and cell-based therapies so people can make informed decisions about their options.

Sickle cell disease is a group of blood disorders that causes abnormal hemoglobin, the protein that circulates oxygen throughout your body. It’s also important to note that it’s an inherited disease. Over 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million globally have sickle cell disease. What’s more, the majority of individuals are of African descent or identify as Black. 

Two ways the disease can be treated or cured include procedures like stem cell transplants, bone marrow transplants, or gene...