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Houston Teen Starts Nonprofit to Raise Awareness for Sickle Cell Disease

May 15, 2018 by Andrea
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Hailey Fields is more proof that when it comes to making a difference in the world, it doesn't matter how old you are. Only 13, this eighth grader already has a multitude of accomplishments under her belt -- model, actress, beauty entrepreneur, and nonprofit CEO. The latter was inspired by her grandmother Gale, who passed away from complications of sickle cell at the age of 64, just five months ago.

Covered By The Blood, Inc., Hailey's nonprofit, was established in 2016 with the goal of helping to raise awareness of SCD and helping to assist families of sickle cell warriors with financial assistance as needed. "Not a lot of people know what sickle cell is," Hailey said in a recent interview with Houston Life. "I know I didn't know about it, so I'm like, I wanna teach other people to know about it."

Before launching, Hailey did her research on sickle cell and on what it takes to start a nonprofit, and then, approached her mom with a business plan. Her mom invested in Hailey's dream, and since then, through blood drives, donations, and the help of volunteers, the Covered By The Blood crew has been able to support families in their community impacted by sickle cell. Profits from her Hailey Kisses lipsticks and glosses line also go toward her nonprofit.

Learn more about Hailey and Covered By The Blood here, and if you'd like to join their team, sign up to donate, volunteer, or host a blood drive.

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