Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-09-18 23:41:47 –
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Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) – On Saturday morning, dozens of people bravely confronted the rain and hosted the first event to benefit the local sickle cell recognition foundation.
Runners and walkers of all ages have joined Edwin Warner Park to defeat the first ever Warrior Walk / Run 5k of the Sickle Cell Foundation.
The foundation was founded a few years ago by Dr. Lametra Scott, who lives in Nashville. Dr. Lametra Scott’s nine-year-old son, Ricky, has the disease.
“For a long time, sickle cell disease was in the dark,” Scott said. “Through a lot of prayer, cooperation, and my research, the Foundation was born. I wanted to help others not have to follow this path in terms of having a child with sickle cell disease. I wanted to be on their side if they were on that path. “
According to the CDC, sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 Americans, about 1 for every 365 black births and 1 for every 16,300 Hispanic American births. increase.
“Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder and blood donation is essential for people in the sickle cell community,” says Scott.
That’s why the Foundation has partnered with Blood Assurance for a mobile blood drive on Warrior Walk / Run 5k. Participants were encouraged to donate blood and be tested for sickle cell traits. This can lead to illness.
Max Winitz, a public relations specialist at Blood Assurance, said: “I am very proud to be working with Dr. Scott and her foundation. Many people suffering from this disease need blood transfusions and thank all the donors for providing life-saving blood. increase.”
Blood Assurance offers free trait tests at all fixed locations and mobile blood donations until the end of the month.
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