Lakiea Bailey Head on
Scientist with sickle cell fights for a cure
01:31 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

At age 45, Dr. Lakiea Bailey said, she was the oldest person with sickle cell anemia that she knew.

The executive director of the nonprofit patient advocacy group the Sickle Cell Consortium was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at age 3. Because of it, she’s had heart problems, had her hips replaced, and experienced serious pain all her life.