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12-Year-Old Writes Comic Book to Help Kids Battle Their Illnesses

October 9, 2017 by Andrea

Photo: thesickler.com

Comic books about superheroes have always been classics, and with the resurgence of the genre via movies and series, such as "Luke Cage", "Jessica Jones", "Black Lightning", and "Daredevil", just to name a few, these stories are more popular than ever.

Drawing on this popularity, 12-year-old Parker Todd, a sickle cell warrior himself, decided to write a comic book in which a boy named Chase Parker transforms into his superhero alter ego to help kids fight their illnesses. Parker's first book, "The Adventures of the Sickler" is inspired by his own struggles with SCD.

"I was thinking, 'What do I wanna do to help uplift other kids and myself?" he said in a recent interview with NYC's PIX 11 channel news. "I sorta thought, maybe, a superhero type of vibe because, you know, who doesn't like a good superhero story?"

Want to add this book to your collection? Visit thesickler.com to order your copy for $15. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds from the book's sales will be donated to the Sickle Cell Thallassemia Patient Network.

Hear Parker's entire story by watching the full interview below:

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