Terrell Suggs, also known as "T-Sizzle', is a linebacker and defensive end for the
Baltimore Ravens. Suggs attended Arizona State University where he played college
football. In the first round, he was drafted by the Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft
making him, at the age of 20, one of the youngest defensive players. His credits
are earning defensive rookie of the year, elected in his first Pro Bowl where he
had 10 sacks and recorded 60 tackles.
The Ravens played against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 - 2009 AFC Championship
where they lost to the Steelers. But outside of football, T-Sizzle is engaged in
something very important, particularly to him - his commitment to Sickle Cell Anemia.
On the weekend of September 11,2008, he hosted the 1st Annual Celebrity Weekend benefiting
the William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund. William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund
provides financial support to help research, educate and keep people aware of Sickle
Cell at Mid-Atlantic area children's hospitals.
W ha t inspired Suggs to be an advocate for Sickle Cell was meeting a teenager who
loves football who suffered with the ailment. Many celebrities attended the benefit,
including singer/actress Christina Milian, boxer Winky Wright, actress Kellita Smith
and many others. They joined together and interacted with the children who suffered
with sickle cell and their families. Along with the event and other festivities of
the weekend, which included attending a Raven's vs. Oakland Raiders home game and
celebrating Terrell's birthday, Suggs
launched his entertainment company, Team Sizzle Worldwide. Suggs has also founded
a film company where he writes and produces movies under 1080 Incorporated.
One of his statements towards Sickle Cell and the weekend events was, "It's great
to provide money to worthy causes, but sometimes that's not enough. I wanted to interact
with the children and let them know that my celebrity friends and I really care.
Actually hugging, shaking hands and making the kids smile was a healing experiences
for all of us." Sickle Cell is an inherited red blood cell disorder, which is most
common in the US. The red blood cells in a Sickle Cell patient becomes hard, sticky
and shaped like sickles, which clogs the flow of blood and break apart when going
through the small blood tubes. An individual who has the Sickle Cell trait won't
have Sickle Cell disease but their children can. Sickle Cell is not contagious but
inherited. T h e three most common forms of Sickle Cell in the US is Hemoglobin SS
or Sickle Cell Anemia, Hemoglobin SC disease, Hemoglobin Sickle Beta - Thalassemia
(a form of "Cooley's" anemia). All three are very painful, which are called "crisis"
and in worst cases lead to stroke, heart attack and death. Sickle Cell affects many
nationalities and now are screened in all states.Yet, it widely affects people of
To be tested for Sickle Cell, individuals can take a painless yet simple blood test
called Hemoglobin Electrophoresis, which can be done with your doctor or at a local
Sickle Cell foundation. You should get tested as soon as possible - at child bearing
age or when planning to start a family. If you would like to help with the disease,
you can donate blood to your local Red Cross, by supporting local and national efforts
to increase awareness about the disease and being supportive to a family member or
friend who suffers with the disease.
For more information on Sickle Cell Anemia, you may visit the Sickle Cell Disease
Association of America website at: www.sicklecelldisease.org. For information on
The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, visit www.wepsicklecell.org.
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