COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – People in Columbus are trying to get the word out on a disease that impacts 150,000 newborns every year.
In honor of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, members of the Association of Sickle Cell Lower Chattahoochee Region released balloons in honor of those diagnosed or who have died.
This event took place on Friday at the Riverwalk in Uptown Columbus.
"Columbus is very much more aware of this disease but the details of it how to affect the family is really we still a lot of work to do," Lois Williams said, the Association of Sickle Cell President.
The local organization's mission is to promote awareness of the Sickle Cell disease and educate the community. They also provide Sickle Cell testing and support for those diagnosed and their families.