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Columbus rallies together to fight Sickle Cell Disease

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus State's University Hall overflowed with music and spoken word on Sunday night - all for a good cause, to help fight sickle cell disease.

City Councilman "Pop" Barnes was in attendance. He says he see the affect this disease can have on a person. "I know how devastating sickle cell can be. It's devastating and it's no cure."

To help find a cure Victor Hugee, of Vic Entertainment, round up some of the hottest up-and-coming area talent for this uplifting event. "We have a lot of people that are afflicted by sickle cell in our African American community so we wanted to do a benefit concert for them with proceeds going to the  sickle cell foundation."

Sickle Cell Anemia is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped or crescent-shaped blood cells. Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center and they move easily through your blood vessels.

About 300 people came out to show their support for Sickle Cell research and hear some great music from R&B group "Lissen" who says this concert is about more than the music, "We send out condolences out to the Steve Miles family. He he just died - he was a student of Carver High.... So, this concert is very important. We're just thanking everybody for coming out and donating so we can save another life."

Best Buy also donated $1000 to the Columbus Sickle Cell Foundation.

In honor of the work Hugee is doing for Sickle Cell Research, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson declared Sunday Vic Entertainment and Sickle Cell Disease Day.

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