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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Dr. James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk

Columbia, S.C. — this is a commemorative year for the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation. On September 12, 2015, the Foundation will host the 10 year anniversary of the Dr. James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk.  The Foundation is honored to have Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott as the 2015 Walk Ambassador.  Sheriff Lott and his staff are longtime supporters of the Foundation and advocates for those living with sickle cell disease. The Sheriff’s Department has hosted fundraisers over the years and has supported the Foundation’s Annual Giving Tree in December which provides holiday parties and gifts for children with sickle cell disease.  To quote Sheriff Lott, “These are our children, our future, and they need our love, support, and our help. Giving your time and your money is an important way to help those affected by this potentially deadly disease.”

The annual walk event is an opportunity to honor children, adults and families living with sickle cell disease and raise money for the James R. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This year’s event will be held in the William F. O’Neal Gymnasium at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1300 Pine Street, located in the heart of the Historic Waverly Community in downtown Columbia.

Schedule of events:

  • On-site registration: 9:00 a.m.
  • Kick-off ceremony: 10:00 a.m.
  • Two-mile walk: 10:30 a.m.

The walk theme, “Breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle One Step at a Time,” continues the legacy of the late Dr. James R. Clark, who was a trailblazer in improving medical treatment for sickle cell patients, as well as educating people about prevention of this chronic illness. Although more prevalent among people of African ancestry, the illness afflicts all racial groups. Significant improvements have been made in the treatment of the disease, and stem cell research holds much promise for a universal cure.

The registration fee is $15.00 per person and includes a commemorative T-shirt. All proceeds from the event will go to the James R. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing educational awards to college-bound high school graduates and enrolled college students living with sickle cell disease. To register for the event, call 803-765-9916 or 803-647-0127 or visit www.jamesrclarksicklecell.org.

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