Awareness Walk Brings Community Together for Sickle Cell

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It was a successful weekend for the Sickle Cell community in New York City.

Nearly 1000 people gathered near the bandshell in Central Park for the 19th Annual Sickle Cell Education and Awareness Walk. 

It was a celebration of life for many of the participants who suffer from the blood disorder that causes the breakdown of red blood cells. The disease has a significant impact on a person’s life, affecting their diet and physical activity, but medical advancements have extended the life expectancy for sickle cell patients.

With approximately 100,000 Americans affected by Sickle Cell, and millions more around the world, education and awareness are critical.

The 5K, presented by the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network, aimed to do just that, providing the public with the opportunity to understand more about this disease and how to make a difference. One courageous twelve-year-old boy, Parker Todd, was on hand, celebrating the recent release of his book “The Adventures of the Sickler,” which was inspired by his illness and interactions with other sick children.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of “The Adventures of the Sickler” will be donated to the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network to provide support and hope for the future.

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