Always a shy child in school, 12-year-old Albin has discovered a way to express himself. He spends at least part of every day developing his hip-hop skill, with his close-knit family of adopted brothers and sisters as his captive audience. Through his music and poetry, he conquers the fear and pain associated with his various illnesses.

Since being diagnosed at birth with sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder affecting red blood cells that causes severe pain and, at times, serious infection, Albin has received treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding. His many trips to the hospital have also included visits for asthma-related emergencies and management of fetal alcohol syndrome and a mild eating disorder.

In 2002, Albin had a stroke and a seizure during one of his frequent pain crises related to sickle cell disease. Since that incident, Albin’s visits to the hospital have been monthly for blood transfusions.

Children’s at Hughes Spalding provides specialty services to children like Albin through areas like the Georgia Sickle Cell Center, which follows more than 500 pediatric sickle cell patients annually under the care of renowned disease experts. We are working now to raise the necessary funds to preserve vital access to the care provided to our community’s most vulnerable members.

Albin is looking forward to the day when he can experience his dream of recording music in a professional studio. Albin’s adoptive mother, Clorissal, wants him to be able to live life to the fullest. “Children’s continues to take such great care of my son,” she said. “My hope is there will be a day when our family can give back through support of Children’s.”

With his talents expanding every day, it may not be long before Albin is giving back on his own by entertaining his fellow patients.