What is Sickle Cell?
Sickle Cell Disease is a group of inherited disorders that affect the hemoglobin protein found in red blood cells. This disease causes the red blood cells to be hard, sticky, and shaped like a sickle (like a crooked banana). Normal red blood cells are soft, smooth, and round and last about 120 days. Sickle red blood cells only last about 20 days.
When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can each that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. Sickle cells are destroyed rapidly in the body of people with the disease causing anemia, jaundice and the formation of gallstones.
The sickle cells also block the flow of blood through vessels resulting in lung tissue damage (acute chest syndrome), pain episodes (arms, legs, chest and abdomen), stroke and priapism (painful prolonged erection). It also causes damage to most organs including the spleen, kidneys and liver. Damage to the spleen makes sickle cell disease patients, especially young children, easily overwhelmed by certain bacterial infections. Sickle cells are destroyed rapidly in the body of people with the disease causing anemia, jaundice and the formation of gallstones.
The 23rd Annual Sickle Cell Walk at Dick Price Stadium on the campus of Norfolk State originated in 1993 by Mr. Alfred "Al" Steward It was developed to create a greater awareness in the Hampton Roads community of Sickle Cell Disease and to raise money for patient care, social services, and research. Presently, the event is under the leadership of the Sickle Cell Association Inc. and the Sickle Cell Alliance Group. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit individuals living with Sickle Cell. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with this debilitating disease.
Our walk will be a themed Red Umbrella Walk. Join proffesionals, friends and families of people with SCD, SCD warriors, etc to bring awareness to the cause. Break out your best red umbrella and decorate it for the cause!! We will parade around the track at Dick Price Stadium on the campus of NSU beginning at 9 am. We will have a best decorated contest. Walk particpants will choose their favorite.
Our First Annual Golf Tournament: The Sickle Cell Alliance Group is hosting its 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Friday September 16th. The cost is $300 per team (foursome) or $75 per an individual. The cost covers greens fees, a golf cart, a reception after the tournament and winner prizes. Join us at Bid-A -Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth to golf for a great cause! The golf tournament will surley be a hit!!