Steelers' Clark launches sickle cell campaign

Associated Press Published: September 4, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark is teaming up with a Pittsburgh hospital to help raise awareness for those who suffer from sickle cell blood disorder.

Clark and UPMC launched the "Cure League" on Tuesday, hoping to bring more attention to sickle cell disease. Clark is one an estimated 2 million Americans who suffer from the disorder. He had to have his spleen removed after the disease was aggravated playing at high elevation in Denver in 2007. He eventually lost 35 pounds and was forced to miss the rest of the season. He will travel but not play for the Steelers on Sunday night when they hit the road to face the Broncos to open the 2012 campaign.

This initiative focuses on education, donations and support that will enable researchers to learn how to provide better care and hopefully help lead to a cure.


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