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Raising awareness of sickle cell

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Sickle cell is a hereditary blood disorder. It affects the red blood cells and can make them crescent or sickle shaped, which makes them difficult to pass through the body. According to Lois Williams, President of the Sickle Cell Association, Lower Chattahoochee Region, it is present in 1 out of 375 people. In Georgia, Williams says it affects about 10,000 people. That's why her organization is asking the community to get involved and raise awareness of sickle cell, as well as funds to help in the fight against the challenges of the disorder. A walkathon is being held Saturday, September 21. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. If you can't walk, you can ride in one of the cars that will also follow the route from 4th Street Baptist Church through the Uptown Columbus area. Sickle cell testing will be done on site and there will be food and entertainment. It's free to participate in the walkathon, but donations are requested to help the Sickle Cell Association. For more information, you can call (706) 566-6329.

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