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 Americans and their families.
On Saturday, the Association for Sickle Cell will sponsor a Walk-A-Thon held at Third Avenue and Fifth Street, near Fourth Street Baptist Church. It is a 3-mile walk to 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,” spokesperson Mechell Clark said in a statement.
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,” Association President Lois Williams said in a statement. “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 Silver: $250 Emerald: $550 Gold: $750 Diamond: $1000
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the walk begins at 9:30.
Call 770-757-3701 for more information.