he African-American Cultural Events Committee in Tyler is sponsoring the Sickle Cell Youth Scholarship 5K Walk/Run to increase awareness about the disease and raise money for college scholarships.
A portion of the funds raised will be given to organizations that conduct sickle cell research and provide information about it, organizers an-nounced.
Sickle cell anemia causes a shortage of red blood cells. People who have it suffer from bouts of severe pain, chronic fatigue, swelling and frequent infections. It is inherited and currently there is no cure.
About one out of every 500 African-Americans has the disease.
A portion of the money raised from the run also will be used to fund the scholarships that the committee awards to help students afford college.
The run will take place on Sept. 20 at Woldert Park, 701 W. 32nd St.
The cost to participate is $15 a person or $60 for a team of at least eight. Children 12 and younger can participate in a fun run for $5.
On the day of the run, registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a stretching and aerobic workout at 8 a.m. The run begins at 9 a.m. Presentations about cycle cell anemia and the college preparation also are scheduled.
Organizers also are seeking sponsorships, which range from $25 to $3,000.
For more information on how to participate or support the cause, contact Kathy Bell at 903-881-5469 or Gregory Buckner at 903-592-8973, or email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The African-American Cultural Events Committee is a charitable organization that raises awareness about issues and events in the African-American community.