Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will hold the eighth annual Walk with the Stars fundraiser, where participating teams and individuals can track their walk, run, dance, or movement steps.
They’ll do all this while raising funds to support the association in preventing the complications of sickle cell disease through awareness, education, advocacy, and research.
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Walk with the Stars will kick off May 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. with a Facebook Live event and culminate in a virtual Walk with the Stars celebration July 10, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m., recognizing participants’ steps and success.
“Join family members, loved ones, friends, and co-workers for Walk with the Stars to help support a universal cure for sickle cell disease,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, president and CEO of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. “Walking, running, and moving for Walk with the Stars not only benefit participants but will change the lives of those affected by sickle cell disease. Together we can break the sickle cycle.”
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America has raised a total of over $500,000 through Walk with the Stars to support better treatments and improvements in the quality of health for individuals, families, and communities affected by sickle cell disease.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disease causing red blood cells to take a sickle shape, which leads to blockages that prevent blood from reaching parts of the body.
As a result, people with sickle cell complications can experience anemia, jaundice, gallstones, stroke, chronic pain, organ damage, and premature death. No universal cure exists. (sicklecelldisease.net)
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America advocates for people affected by sickle cell conditions and empowers community-based organizations to maximize the quality of life and raise public consciousness while advancing the search for a universal cure.
The association and more than 50 member organizations support sickle cell research, public, and professional health education, and patient and community services. (www.sicklecelldisease.org)