Today's Date: April 22, 2024
Statement by the Prime Minister on Ridván   •   New Business Opportunities in the Silver Economy-Many overseas companies participate in China's largest senior care show   •   Earth Day 2024: Zoomlion Leads Green Transformation in Global Construction Machinery Industry   •   Earth Day Commitment: YOFC Advances Global Sustainability through Proactive ESG Integration   •   Ivanti Earns ISO 14001 Certification and Launches Global Tree-Planting Initiative for Earth Day, Fostering Environmental Steward   •   COP28 President receives inaugural 'Global Energy Transition Impact Award' from World Energy Council   •   The LYCRA Company Invites the Apparel Industry to View “FashionFarmers,” an Innovative Media Campaign Launching on E   •   Asia Green Fund Publishes the <2023 Green Impact Report>   •   T2EARTH Launches Official YouTube Channel – T2EARTH Talks   •   BXP Releases 2023 Sustainability & Impact Report   •   Data4Industry-X Bridging Industrial Data Ecosystems by Interfacing with OPC UA Protocol and using Eclipse Dataspace Components f   •   The Government of Mongolia and The Nature Conservancy Secure ‘Eternal Mongolia’, a Pathway to Achieve the Nation&rsq   •   Don't Leave Them Behind: Educate Today's Generation to Save Their Lives and Planet Earth   •   Shincheonji Church of Jesus Hosts 1st Continental Bible Seminar in the Philippines   •   Southeast Seattle Schools Collaborative Fundraiser seeks community support to raise funds   •   TCL Proactively Unites Global Partners for Greatness at 2024 Global Partners Conference   •   University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies Releases White Paper on How Organizations Can Improve Workplace Wellness Throu   •   After Two-Year Composting Experiment: PUMA Makes RE:SUEDE 2.0 Sneaker Available for Sale   •   Solar Coming to a Target Near You: Jackery is Bringing Portable Solar Energy to 500 Target Stores Nationwide in Time for Earth D   •   Donor Dash Brings Wyomingites Together to Celebrate the Gift of Life
Bookmark and Share

Activists March For Sickle Cell Anemia Victims

WASHINGTON  -- Hundreds of Washington area residents, including scores of Howard University students, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of sickle cell Saturday, Sept. 18, with the Stomp Out Sickle Cell Disease Walk/Run at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets in northwest Washington.
 
The five kilometer walk is to raise funds and awareness for sickle cell anemia, a painful, life-threatening disease that primarily affects African Americans.
 
Jeff Henderson, celebrity author and star of the Food Network program of The Chef Jeff Project, will be in attendance to show support and to promote the cause.
 
Barbra Harrison, a genetics counselor, assistant professor in the Howard University College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and director of community outreach and education for the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease, urges all residents to support those affected by the disease.
 
“Thousands of people are affected by this disease every day,” Harrison said. This walk is one of the very few efforts in the Washington, D.C., area to show support to those impacted by it.  Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”
 
Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. The abnormal hemoglobin in these cells can cause them to make a crescent shape that can block small blood vessels. The blockage decreases the amount of blood reaching tissue, which causes painful complications and even death.
 
Sickle cell anemia affects millions of people worldwide, particularly families from Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean countries, India and Saudi Arabia.
 
In the United States, sickle cell anemia affects about 70,000 people, hitting the minority community the hardest. In about one in every 500 African American births are diagnosed with the condition. The condition occurs in on out of every 1,000 to 1,400 Hispanic American births. About two million American carry the trait of sickle cell.
 
There will be stations set up by local hospitals to give out information about the disease and how those affected can utilize area services for themselves or their children.
 
Coordinators for this event include the Children’s National Medical Center, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder, Georgetown University Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Faces of Our Children Inc., Howard University, National Institutes of Health and Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area Inc.



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News