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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Members of a special club at Riley Hospital for Children recently received free books from Victory College Prep students in Indianapolis.

The club is the Sickle Cell Story Book Club, which was launched a year ago to benefit the approximately 350 children treated by the hospital for sickle cell disease, says Dr. Julia LaMotte, a psychologist at Riley.

“We know sometimes these kids have to miss school because they’re in hospital and that means missed learning opportunities and missed academics and so we thought it was really important to support and promote reading,” LaMotte said.

The donated books, including titles such as “Hair Love” and “Brown Boy Joy”, are by black authors and feature black and brown characters. This is important because, in the United States, sickle cell disease primarily affects black and brown families.

“Only about 9% of all children’s books contain black characters, so we wanted to make sure the books we gave to our families were representative of their lived experiences,” LaMotte said.

Over 500 books have been provided to patients since the program began a year ago.

In addition to the books, Victory College Prep students also donated $1,250 to the Sickle Cell Story Book Club.

For those wishing to donate to the program, please visit the Riley Cheer Guild wishlist website.

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