Come out and join the community in the fight for a cure for Sickle Cell Disease. This painful and debilitating disease is most prone in African Americans. People born with the disease have two sickle cell genes, one from each parent. Studies show 1 in 12 African Americans has the sickle cell trait.

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The crescent or sickle shaped red blood cells, a characteristic of the disease, don't last as long as normal cells. This causes the Anemia portion of the disease, which has a whole host of symptoms. The most common are cold hands and feet, headaches, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, even dizziness. Sickle Cell can also do a job on major organs, as the abnormal cells often get stuck in blood vessels. Those living with the disease spend a lot of time in and out of hospitals.

We need to find a cure, and stamp this disease out for good. Help raise awareness and funds to continue the medical research to bring this disease to an end. The Sickle Cell Disease "Walk For A Cure" will take place August 26, 2017 in Lake Charles, at the Ward 3 Recreation Power Centre Complex. There will be refreshments, a blood drive, door prizes, awards and lots of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the entry fee is only $10. See more details surrounding the event below on the flyer:

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Be a warrior in the fight against Sickle Cell Disease and together lets knock this disease out! See you at the "Walk For A Cure!" We are well on our way, as funding for medical research led to new FDA approved treatment. This July the FDA approved a new drug for sickle cell disease called Endari. For the first time in 20-years there is a new drug to help people living with sickle cell!

For more details about the disease, the new drug, the upcoming walk, or local resources, go to swlasicklecell.org.