About The Owners

Cell Mates Apparel is owned by cousins, Shakeitha and Cortez. Shakeitha and Cortez grew up in a small town in South Carolina, where they shared in each others struggles with sickle cell disease. Although some of their struggles were different, they were able to understand and support one another. Because of their own experiences, they realized how important it was to have a bond with other people in the sickle cell community. They soon began to connect with others like them via social media.

Shakeitha and Cortez created the Cell Mates Apparel brand inspired by those relationships they've built. With the clothing line, they hope to connect more people across the world with sickle cell disease and their supporters, while also spreading awareness about the disease. Their goal is to start conversations about SCD wherever their products may end up.