This book is designed to motivate people to donate blood to those who suffer with sickle cell anemia. Also, it can be use as an educational tool for classroom discussion; most importantly it´s to be enjoyed by all ages. Annie Jane is a fictional character with a real life problem,she has sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell is an inherited disease of red blood cells. Kids with this illness can relate to Annie Jane because she´s a regular ten year old girl who loves to make believe, play soccer, and listen to her favorite music-jazz, while she deals with trying to keep enough fluids in her body so she can stay hydrated. She recently overcame her fear of the hospital and receiving blood transfusion. She thinks of fun things while she receive blood and how much better she´ll feel after going to the hospital. She is a brave little solider like all the rest of the kids living with this devastating illness. She is a honor roll student and her teacher knows her condition and allows Annie Jane to ´make-up´ any homework or classroom projects she missed because she was in the hospital for sickle cell crisis. Crisis are recurrent attacks of pain that can be anywhere in your body. She has crisis about every two or three months, sometimes her crisis are moderate, and she needs only to take her prescription medicine to relieve her pain. However sometimes her pain is severe and she needs to be hospitalize. She also has monthly blood transfusions to help with her pain.
Annie Jane is a thoughtful kid-she sends her thankfulness to Carolyn Walker, Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves, Dr. Robin Womeodu, and the staff at Diggs-Kraus sickle cell center at the Med in Memphis, Tennessee.