Marqus Valentine is 32-year-old with a vast imagination that he uses for stop motion film making and writing. Although he walks with a limp from bad hips, from the outside, he looks like anyone else. Inside, however, there is a different story taking place. If we were to take a closer look at Marqus’ red blood cells, we would see that they are twisted into odd, c-like shapes as a result of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Sick Cells documentary is the story of one family’s struggle against a genetic fate and their fight for survival fed mainly by their intense love for each other, religious faith and strong sense of humor. They constantly laugh through their tears. Sick Cells talks with the Edward Hospital medical team that helps Marqus live with SCD, and as well as highlight the stories of other people who live with the disease.
EJ Hill is a musician/artist and first generation American of Belize-born parents. He was raised in and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Sick cells film Co-Director, Laura Zinger, saw him performing in Chicago, and felt that his song “Tomorrow” had a great message of hope and determination in finding a cure for anyone struggling with Sickle Cell Disease.
EJ Hill has been kind enough to donate half of the profits from the sale of this song to go towards the making of Sick Cells. EJ is a fantastic musician, artist, and all around person, and the Sick Cells Film team greatly appreciates his generosity.