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Hundreds participate in the annual Sickle Cell Walk in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Hundreds took to the pavement as a way to stomp out sickle cell during the annual walk and parade Saturday morning.

They kicked off the event with a one and a half mile walk. They also had sickle cell specific health screenings, vendors and even bouncy houses for the kids.

Studies show in the U.S. that sickle cell disease appears in one in every 2,500 births.

Alexis Johnson, who not only works for the organization, but also has sickle cell explains the disease.

"Sickle cell is an inherited blood disease, it’s not contagious you do have to get it from parents. Both parents have to have either the trait of the full thing. September is our national sickle cell awareness month. We been having this walk for over 20 years now,” Johnson said with the Sickle Cell Lower Chattahoochee Region

This Sickle Cell Walk started back in 1991 over in Phenix City and has been going on ever since.

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