Sickle cell patients fight uphill battle for research, treatment – and compassion

CHICAGO – The day before his 30th birthday, Marqus Valentine was in a panic. “I was so scared for midnight to come rolling around because subconsciously I was like, ‘This is it. Tomorrow’s my last day on earth,'” he said. Valentine has sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder, and his doctors had warned him throughout…

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