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.


Our Annual Walk:

The 24th Annual Sickle Cell Walk at Dick Price Stadium on the campus of Norfolk State originated in 1993.  It was developed to create a greater awareness in the Hampton Roads community of Sickle Cell Disease and to raise money for patient care, advocacy social services, and research. Presently, the Walk is the premier fundraiser of the Sickle Cell Association Inc.  Proceeds from the event will benefit individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with this debilitating disease

The 2017 walk will be a themed  Strength, Hope & Faith Walk Join professionals, friends and families of people with Sickle Cell Association and all families affected by sickle cell disease to bring awareness to the cause. Break out your best red sneakers and Lets Walk for the Cause!! The Walk kicks off in Dick Price Stadium on the campus of NSU beginning at 9 am. (Walk Check-in start at 7:30AM) .We will present a trophy to the Largest Team with monies raised and the largest number on the field at the Walk. Have all your team members registered and be on the field to Walk- September 16, 2017.  ONLINE ORDER Walk T-shirts with a $50 donation by August 30, 2017.  Click on START FUNDRAISING and REGISTER.


 Virtual Walk:

Can't join us on September 16, 2017 or can't wait to start your Walk for the cause why not Register for the Virtual Walk for Sickle Cell.  Walk at your own pace and time starting April 1st and ending the day of the Walk, September 16, 2017.  When you sign up for the Sickle Cell Awareness Virtual 5k Run/Walk on this events site and Let's get started!   Keep us posted on your progress by sharing your photos as you Run/Walk 5k  (or more if you wish) all along the way spread awareness that the Association helps families living with Sickle Cell Disease right here in your community and need your SUPPORT!  Thanks for taking the challenge to help "Break the Sickle Cycle".