*Jourdan Dunn says she got a reality check when her son Riley, 4, was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at just 6-months-old.
She told Vogue magazine: ”I knew there was a possibility that I was carrying a sickle cell baby because both his dad and I have the trait. But of course, I always had it in my head, ‘No, not my baby. That’s not going to happen to me.’ ”
Sickle Cell is an inherited form of anemia — a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body.
Jourdan designed a Cell for Gratitude necklace with brand Tuleste to raise funds for the charity SCDAA (Sickle Cell Disease Association of America) and recently threw a star-studded party at New York Fashion Week to raise awareness, where guests included Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss.
She said: ”I was so overwhelmed by it all. Before a model, I am a mother. Now, I do my job for Riley.”