Carpenter House to help men with sickle cell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A home that will serve as a transitional residence for men with sickle cell disease has opened in Memphis.

Trevor Thompson, president of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, told The Commercial Appeal that the Carpenter House will be among the first such residences in the country.

Officials estimate 5,000 people in the Mid-South suffer from sickle cell. St. Jude Dr. Jane Hankins, who is an expert on the genetic disease, says it changes the shape of red blood cells and prevents them from carrying enough oxygen to organs such as the lungs and kidneys.

Thompson will educate men at the home on how to manage the stress and pain affiliated with the disease.

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