I had always heard about Sickle Cell but never had anyone close to me with it. Meet Nakia, she has surpassed every deadline given to her. At 41 she was not supposed to be here but God is good. Awesome mom, Naka ( her version of granny), sister, best friend and all around groovy person. Not posting this for funds just come and support. Walk for the cause , get your 10.000 steps in and learn about the disease that effects African Americans.
The 4th Annual Sickle Cell Stroll 2015 is a walk at Hudlin Park to raise awareness of sickle cell disease. It is a family friendly event designed to celebrate the lives of those with sickle cell disease and to educate the community about the disease. Hudlin Park is located at 700 S Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.
Whether you have sickle cell, know someone who does or would like to show your support, come stroll with us! Registration for the event is free, but required. And, if you donate or fundraise $25 or more ($10 for each child), you will receive a limited edition 2015 Stroll t-shirt! Prizes to be given away throughout the day including a prize for the team with most registered participants, the team/individual with the highest fundraising total and most spirited team/individual.
Proceeds from the event will allow Sickle Cell Association to bring awareness and carry out its mission to support those living with sickle cell disease while working to eliminate the disease through collaborations on education, research, and resources.
What is Sickle Cell?
- An inherited blood disorder that affects the hemoglobin of the red blood cells causing the blood cells to lose its oxygen and take on a sickled shape.
- Sickle cell disease can affect anyone, but primary affects African-Americans.
- There are approximately 100,000 living in the United States with the disease and another 2 million living with the trait.
- Two parents carrying this trait have a 25% chance of passing on this painful disease to their unborn child.