Carlos Boozer's effort to help raise money in the fight against sickle cell disease isn't just a charitable endeavor. It's a personal mission.

Boozer's oldest son Carmani was born with sickle cell in 2006. An innovative treatment helped cure Carmani.

About a year after Carmani was born, Boozer and his now ex-wife had twins, Cameron and Cayden. Doctors froze the blood of the twins' umbilical cord. Cameron was a match with Carmani for a bone-marrow transplant. Doctors used stem cells from Cameron's cord blood in the transplant with Carmani.


In the video above, Boozer tells the story in more depth and explains why he's excited to be involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

According to the National Institute of Health, sickle cell disease "is estimated to occur in 1 in 500 African Americans."

To make a donation as part of Boozer's campaign, go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital website.

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