Actor Larenz Tate, who is best known for his role as O-Dog in the 1993 film Menace II Society, has sickle cell anemia. His other films include Dead Presidents, Love Jones, A Man Apart, Waist Deep, Biker Boyz and Ray. “It’s really important to know if you carry the disease,” Tate says. He stresses the importance of screening since many do not know if they have sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder.
Tiki Barber is a former NFL running back who played for the New York Giants for 10 seasons. Barber has launched a national health education campaign, Be Sickle Smart, to raise more awareness about the disease. The football player also gives advice on how to manage the disease.