Kyle Smith remembers being a teen and hearing his mother telling say “make good choices,” when he left the house.
Smith, a sickle cell disease patient and an advocate for others with the condition, borrowed her phrase when he met with a group of more than 100 CSL scientists earlier this year. He asked the researchers to pour their energies into finding new and better treatments for sickle cell disease, a life-limiting condition that causes severe pain and organ damage.
“Choose to fight for a marginalized group that deserves autonomy and to have an abundance of choices when it comes to their treatment and care,” Smith said during the virtual event.
Watch more of his remarks in the video above.