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Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation Announces 9th Annual Walk

Columbia, S.C.— The James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation will hold its ninth annual Dr. James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. The event is an opportunity to honor children, adults and families living with sickle cell disease and to raise money for the James R. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This year’s event will begin in the William F. O’Neal gymnasium at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1300 Pine St., in Columbia and will feature opening remarks from 2014 Walk Ambassador, Michelle Harris, a long time local radio host and co-publisher and editor of Momentum Magazine. Michelle has several family members who live courageously with sickle cell disease and she has been a stalwart in the cause for the disease. The Foundation is honored to have her serve as this year’s Ambassador.

Schedule of events:
• On-site registration: 8:00 a.m.
• Kick-off ceremony: 8:30 a.m.
• Two-mile walk: 9:00 a.m.

The year’s 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 the potentially deadly illness. Although more prevalent among people of ethnic ancestry, the illness also afflicts all groups and races. There is no universal cure for it at this time, but there has been some improvements made in the treatment of the disease.

“My daughter was born with sickle cell disease, so I’ve seen the pain that it causes,” said Peggy Funny-Roane, Chair of the Walk Committee. “I thank God for easing her suffering and for putting it in my heart to start this walk to help other sickle cell patients and to raise public awareness of how sickle cell disease affects families and the community at large.”

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 already-enrolled college students living with sickle cell disease.For more information or to register for the event, call 803-765-9916 or 803-647-0127 or visit www.jamesrclarksicklecell.org.

About the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation
James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation is a non-profit United Way and Community Health Charities agency serving sickle cell patients and their families in central and upper South Carolina. Our services include newborn screening, genetic screening and counseling, nursing case management, and education outreach.

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