Since Sickle Cell patients spend most of their time in the hospital, they don't really get the famous "high school experience". No house parties, basketball games, no long lectures in History class. Not to mention no grand social experiences, no running late to 3rd hour and worst of all no school dances.
There's a thing that many high schools do called shadowing. This is where a middle school student would be assigned to a student in high school and follow them around all day to get a feel of highschool and the atmosphere in general.
This is what I want to do with Sickle Cell patients, but instead of calling it shadowing, I want to call it Enlightening. Living where I live, which is known as "the bubble", not many people leave the area too often, so we're just surrounded by the same rich, poised, and narrow hearted people.
With bringing in "an outsider" (as one would call it), you are being opened to new things. You begin to see life outside of "the bubble" and see that not all people who don't have a ton of cash, are poor. Because yes, material wise they lack in the money department, but with being in the hospital day in and day out, they are rich with hope.
If hope and faith were to be as valued as a 300k dollar home, some of these Sickle Cell patients would be loaded.
Honestly, this is a win-win situation for everyone. These patients receive a day as a normal high school teenager and get to enjoy all the many "great things" of high school, all the while the student will be enlightened.
It might not seem like a fair trade: Going to school versus being enlightened, but honestly, everyone goes home with something and that's what really matters.
I was also thinking of expanding it later on in the project to not only teenagers, but also middle schoolers, elementary goers. There are many schools in my area for many different types of students to get ANY kind of social interaction other than family and the hospital nurse.
For now though, I do want to focus on high schoolers and start of with a strong base, so I won't go too far too soon.
Although... it's never too soon when you're battling a life threatning disease.