Martika was born with sickle cell disease, a disease in which the red blood cells created in the bone marrow produce an abnormal form of hemoglobin. These blood cells are crescent shaped and have a difficult time passing through the body’s blood vessels to reach the body’s tissues. Those suffering with this disease experience severe episodes of pain and eventual organ damage; they are also at high risk for stroke and cardiac arrest. Martika endures extremely serious pain episodes and is on pain medications.
Martika had a wonderful time in Hollywood with her family! She got to visit plenty of great places and have lots of star-studded fun! We’re so glad you had a fantastic time, Martika! You truly deserve it!