September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
Tova Community Health Inc. has its major fundraiser, Sickle Cell Awareness 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, September 13th at Brandywine Park (by the Brandywine Zoo) in Wilmington, DE. Registration starts at 9am and the Race begins at 10am. Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most common inherited blood disorders in the U.S. It is oftentimes misunderstood and invisible but can be very painful and debilitating. Today, thanks to better management of the disease, people affected by the disease can live a longer quality of life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Sickle Cell Disease is a public health priority that affects people of many ethnicities around the world. Over 2 million people in the U.S. carry the Sickle Cell Trait and can pass the disease on to their children. Proceeds from the event will help fund access to high quality of care programs and research to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.