saac Kimberly is much like any other teenager. He plays football, soccer and is a member of his high school marching band. He is active at his church and he rides his bike and races four-wheelers. Unlike other 16-year olds, he has to get a blood transfusion every five weeks.
“Not once has he given up,” said Richard Kimberly, Isaac’s father, a Department of the Army civilian operations specialist in the G3/5/7, 1st Theater Sustainment Command. “He has walked out of a three-week stay in the hospital to go onto the soccer field and score two goals. He is resilient in everything he does.”
Isaac has lived with sickle cell disease since birth and has undergone numerous surgeries, hospitalizations and blood transfusions over the course of his life.
The American Red Cross explains sickle cell disease as an inherited blood disorder that causes anemia, lung and tissue damage and strokes. It is estimated that more than 80,000 Americans have sickle cell disease. Ninety percent of all sickle cell disease patients are of African descent.
“As someone who battles with sickle cell disease, I have to get a blood transfusion every five weeks,” said Isaac. “One hour of your time makes a big difference. After all, everyone needs blood.”
A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Covenant Love Baptist Church at 420 Dunn Road in Fayetteville, to help Isaac and others in need of blood.
For more information about the American Red Cross or to make an appointment to make a blood donation, visit www.redcrossblood.org.