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Walk-A-Thon Raises Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease

September 14, 2009

Columbus, Ga., -- September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month and the Association of Sickle Cell for the Lower Chattahoochee Region wants Columbus and surrounding area residents to help bring awareness to this disease that impacts so many Americans and their families.   

On September 19, 2009, the Association for Sickle Cell will sponsor a Walk-A-Thon held at 3rd Avenue and 5th Street, near Fourth Street Baptist Church.  It is a 2.5 - 3 mile walk to downtown Broadway, ending back at the church.

"The Walk-A-Thon will be a great way to increase public awareness of the devastating effects of this disease and to raise funds to benefit sickle cell patients in and around the Columbus community," said spokesperson, Mechell Clark.   

In the United States, sickle cell disease occurs in 1 in every 2,500 births, greater than that of any other condition detected by newborn screening.

"Sickle Cell Disease affects one in every 375 African Americans and more than 2.5 million Americans of other diverse ethnicities are genetic carriers of sickle cell trait," said Association President, Lois Williams.  "This event will help make a difference in breaking the Sickle Cell cycle."

There is no designated fee to participate in the Walk-a-thon. All gifts are welcome. Participants will be recognized for their service, donations and assistance to this event. The following categories will be highlighted at the end of the Fall Fundraising Campaign:

                                    Bronze             $100.00

                                    Silver               $250.00

                                    Emerald           $550.00

                                    Gold                $750.00

                                    Diamond         $1000.00

Registration begins at 8:00am; the Walk begins at 9:30am.  There will be free sickle cell testing, prizes, and refreshments!

Association for Sickle Cell, LCR - A 501(c) (3) Non-Profit Corporation

For More information call: (706) 689-4168 - (706) 566-6329 - (706) 566-6268



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