Makinzie was first diagnosed with sickle cell anemia as a newborn, and her pediatrician referred her to the only pediatric treatment center for blood disorders in Mississippi–the Children’s Cancer Center at UMMC. Sickle cell anemia is a type of anemia in which the patient’s red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These cells can get stuck in small blood vessels slowing or blocking blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body. There is no cure for the disease, but Makinzie has been visiting Batson Children’s Hospital regularly for treatment to help manage her disease and its symptoms. She loves the staff and visiting Miss Ashley in particular! Thankfully, her prognosis is good, giving her more time to do what she loves: dancing, cheering, and making her own jewelry.