A decades old tradition rolled through the streets of The Hill neighborhood Sunday. This year's St. Louis Soap Box Derby was extra special for a pair of brothers.
"It's very fun. I'd do it anytime," said 11 year old Landre Johns.
Landre and his 13 year old brother Jamerius have Sickle-cell disease, which is when red blood cells have an abnormal shape. If they get stuck in blood vessels, it can be painful.
The brothers said events like this take their mind off all those hospital visits. Their family and staff from St. Louis Children's Hospital were at Sunday's race to cheer them on.
"It's really important for kids with Sickle-cell disease or other chronic illness to participate in normal childhood activities," said Dr. Monica Hulbert, a hematologist at St. Louis Children's Hospital and the director of Sickle-cell program. "It helps them feel less isolated and less different from other children and helps them to have a distraction to keep their mind off any medical problems."
The St. Louis Jaycees donated the soap box cars for the brothers to race in.
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