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Sadeh Graham – advocate for others with sickle cell anaemia and Batonbearer

Pharmacist Sadeh Graham has sickle cell anaemia and is an advocate for others with the condition.

Sickle cell anaemia is a serious and lifelong health condition which is particularly common in people with an African or Caribbean family background.

She’s a volunteer, fundraiser, blogger, researcher, educator and a supporter of young adults and carers. She’s a great advocate for blood donation as well.

Sadeh, who is from West Bromwich, earned a first-class degree while battling severe health complications. Her condition often saw her having to study from hospital – but nothing could stop her.

She’s among the Bostin Sandwell people carrying the baton in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Sadeh said: “To be nominated was a surprise. I was actually in hospital at the time. So, to be selected was a great honour. I’m definitely nervous but I am excited.

“And for me it means so much – for me, for the sickle cell community to raise awareness, to raise awareness of blood donation and the amazing work that the NHS does in that department.

“Also, as somebody that’s first generation descendant of the Windrush, for my personal family it means a lot and it kind of honours the hard work and the sacrifices that my grandparents and parents made.”

Sadeh, your work makes a huge different to others with sickle cell and you are a fantastic advocate for never letting anything stop you.

Find out more about our incredible day when the Queen’s Baton Relay came to Sandwell!

Sadeh Graham