“Having a blood transfusion every three weeks is all I’ve ever known,” said Robert Mannino. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who’s now pursuing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Emory University and Georgia Tech. Robert has long relationship with Children’s.
Robert has a rare disorder called beta thalassemia major. His body has a problem producing the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout his body. He was diagnosed when he was 6 months old and received life-saving blood transfusions at Children’s throughout his childhood.
“At the age of 16, I started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. When I saw all those who were affected, and especially when I thought about my little brother, who also has thalassemia, I made a commitment to look for ways to overcome these disorders,” Robert said.