Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 9/4/12
As we all know, Steelers Safety Ryan Clark suffers from the Sickle Cell trait in his blood. This disorder keeps him from playing places like Denver where the altitude is high and the air is thin. While Clark has previously lobbied to try and play, the Steelers organization makes no bones about it, his life is more important than football so there’s no way he’ll be any other place but the sidelines in situations like playing in Mile High. Clark officially launched a new awareness program this week, called Ryan Clark’s Cure League – Tackling Sickle Cell. He is partnering with with UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh’s Vascular Medicine Institute, and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine. An estimated 2 million Americans carry one copy of the sickle cell gene. One of every 500 African-American births and one of every 36,000 Spanish-American births carry the trait, like Clark. In a press conference on Tuesday, he talked about the program, explaining in more detail what sickle cell is, ...
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