Supermodel Jourdan Dunn is planning to use her star status to help gain more support for the Sickle Cell Society.
The 21-year-old, whose son, Riley, was diagnosed with the genetic blood disorder, sickle-cell anaemia, wants to raise awareness about the disorder which is most common in Afro-Carribean and African descents.
Speaking to the Sunday Times Style Magazine, Jourdan said: "It's something people don’t really know about, due to the fact it’s gentic, so it doesn’t have the high profile of HIV or malaria."
"The first time Riley had a crisis, I was working in New York and due to travel to Puerto Rico. Mum was amazing and reassured me he was in the best hands and that I should keep working."
Dunn, who makes up one of 250,000 people in the UK believed to carry the gene for the non-contagious disorder, believes that more awareness of the disease has to to be raised.
"Riley looks just like a normal boy, but I can’t get away from the fact he has a serious disease."
Jourdan, who has modeled for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Burberry, became a single mother to Riley in 2008 before his father was jailed for possession of cocaine.
We hope Dunn is successful in her campaign...
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