With Hurricane Harvey rolling in this weekend, the Sickle Cell disease 'Walk For A Cure,' has been cancelled. The walk has been rescheduled to September 16, 2017, so save the date. 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.

Normal and Sickled red blood cells - Youtube
Normal and Sickled red blood cells - Youtube

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 September 16, 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. Hope to see you there!

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