Kayla is 14 and is a Freshman at Brown Deer High School. She was born with Sickle Cell disease, a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells.
These cells are stiff and sticky and they tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. This often can cause pain, organ damage while also raising the risk for infection. Kayla had two strokes when she was 2 and subsequent strokes as well, ultimately leading to brain surgery and lots of time in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin under the care of Medical College of Wisconsin Physicians. Her family looked into the possibility of a bone marrow transplant but instead are relying on monthly blood transfusions to manage her disease. Kayla’s favorite subject is Math. She enjoys softball and basketball. Her favorite team is the Golden State Warriors and her favorite player is Steph Curry. Kayla has an older brother and sister. Her mom, Anisha, is a big fan of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the care that Kayla has received in the MACC Fund Center there. She spoke glowingly of the doctors, nurses, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioners and all of the staff summing it all up by saying “I love Children’s.”
Learn more about Kayla from her mother, Anisha: