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4th Annual 5K Walk and Run for Sickle Cell
August 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Park (Forest Park)$5 – $20
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The Cincinnati 5K Sickle Cell Walk brings awareness and people together in more ways than one.
Sickle Cell Alliance Foundation is hosting it’s 4th Annual 5K Walk and Run for Sickle Cell. This community event is designed to bring attention to the cause as well as let the world know how Sickle Cell Alliance Foundation supports patients and their families. This year’s walk will be held as the kickoff to National Sickle Cell Awareness Month which officially begins on September 1.
Register in advance today for the Cincinnati 5K Sickle Cell Walk. Registration is only $5 – $20.
8 a.m. – Registration Begins
9 a.m. – Opening Ceremony & Walk Begins
Noon – Walk Ends
According to the Center for Disease Control, Sickle Cell is an inherited, chronic disorder affecting nearly 100,000 Americans. Individuals with the disease produce abnormal hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and carries it to all parts of the body. This abnormal hemoglobin causes the red blood cells to become rigid and sickle-shaped, which causes them to stick together and block the flow of blood and oxygen to the body, leading to intense pain and other serious issues such as stroke, infection, pulmonary complications, and even death.
Sickle Cell Alliance Foundation is a local non-profit organization attempting to raise awareness of the disease. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio the group helps patients throughout the region. At this year’s 5k Walk and Run there will be patients from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Kentucky participating in the event.
Participants are encouraged to register on the group’s website ScafCincy.com/5l-walkrun. On Saturday, August 31, registration will begin at 8:00 am. Prior to the walk, there will be a brief talk given by Dr. Charles T. Quinn, MD, MS, Medical Director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Sickle Cell Program. The walk will start promptly at 9:00 am. After the walk, participants are encouraged to visit the various booths hosted by vendors and sponsors of this year’s event. Healthy post-walk snacks will be provided.
As an added bonus each registrant will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a copy of “I’m No Different Than You”, a young adult book about a patient dealing with Sickle Cell Disease. This year’s walk is sponsored by Wallace Boggs, PLLC Attorneys At Law, Greater Cincinnati Realtist Association, Aruvant Sciences, and Young Chefs Academy. This event is made possible thanks to the support of DJ Nonstop, Shawndale Thomas Photography and local authors Kristy High and Jaime Mahaffey.
According to Lisa Meatchem, CEO and Co-Founder of Sickle Cell Alliance Foundation, “Our goal is to open the people’s eyes to all that Sickle Cell Patients and their families go through”. One of the ways Sickle Cell Alliance Foundation helps is by educating patients and their families about emerging care options including homeopathic treatments that aid in relieving the symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease. The group is active in the community, participating in various community events. Additionally, the group will be speaking at the Children’s Hospital Annual Research and Education Day.
In addition to letting the patients and their families know about new medical developments and treatment options they also sponsor two annual college scholarships for individuals who are dealing with Sickle Cell Disease. The recipients for the 2019 Scholarship will be announced on during Children’s Resource and Education Day.
Lisa Meatchem knows firsthand about the struggles patients and families experience as a result of having Sickle Cell Disease. Her 17-year-old daughter, Samone, was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease. Meatchem and her executive team strive to help patients and families in a variety of ways. “We’ve been asked to help with funerals, gas and electric bills, and help patients who are at risk of becoming homeless. We do the best we can to fill their needs, which is why the support of the entire community is so desperately needed.” Stated Meatchem.
Community members of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in this year 5k Walk and Run for Sickle Cell Disease. Although the walk is not timed, there will be medallions awarded to the first six finishers on Saturday, August 31, 2019. During and after the walk, there will be lots of family-friendly fun and music. Volunteers will be on-site to help guide participants through the 3.2-mile course. If you are interested in volunteer at the 4th Annual Walk and Run for Sickle Cell Disease please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.