Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative’s mission is to aid and enhance the lives of those affected by Sickle Cell and associated disorders by providing client services, patient and family advocacy, and education.
We are committed to providing essential programs and services to benefit individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell. We also educate clients as well as community members by providing access to quality educational experiences.
2017 MCSCI Child Ambassador
Ma’Kye was born June 23, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Wishard Hospital. He was born with Sickle Beta Thalassemia Zero. Sickle beta thalassemia is an inherited condition that affects hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to different parts of the body. Ma’Kye had one blood transfusion before having his spleen removed at the age of 3.
Even though he has Sickle Cell Disease, Ma’Kye is blessed not to have ever experienced hospitalization for a crisis. He has always been an active child. He played football when he was 6 years old and basketball when he was 7. Ma’Kye enjoys playing video games and basketball. Like all young boys, Ma’Kye wants to play for the National Basketball Association when he grows up. He also wants to be SWAT officer if he doesn’t make it to the NBA.