100 Black Men Sickle Cell Walk/Run and Health & Wellness Expo
Join us for the highly-anticipated annual Health & Wellness Expo, presented by 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, Inc. in collaboration with VFit Health Promotion, Acadiana Black Nurses Association, Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana and Flatland Runners. This year, we are thrilled to bring back the impactful Sickle Cell Walk/Run to commemorate Sickle Cell Awareness Month and make a difference in the lives of those living with sickle cell disease in Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Together, we strive to create a meaningful impact and raise awareness about sickle cell disease
By participating in this event, you are not only taking strides towards your own health and wellness but also extending a helping hand to the community. All funds raised will be reinvested to support and advocate for individuals affected by sickle cell disease, ensuring they receive the care and resources they need.
As a token of our appreciation, all participants will receive an exclusive race shirt and a fantastic swag bag, filled with goodies.
Come be a part of this incredible day filled with fitness, compassion, and unity. Let’s walk, run, and make a positive change in our community, one step at a time! See you there!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Marked Walk/Run Trail
- Blood Donation Drive
- Complimentary Food Samples
- A chance to WIN free gift card prizes
- Educational Material
- And More
2nd Annual Sickle Cell Walk/Run
What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited red blood disorder that affects 1 in 375 African Americans and 100,000 Americans. Healthy red blood cells are round and move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen throughout the body. The red blood cells in someone one who has SCD are C-shaped and become hard and sticky. The sickle shape makes it hard to flow through the blood vessels and prevents oxygen throughout the body. When the sickle cells get stuck in the small blood vessels it clogs the blood flow and creates a pain crisis.
The sickle cells often die early which causes shortage for red blood cells, which causes the need for blood transfusions.
Many patients have to receive blood transfusions to help manage their sickle cell disease. This is why it is important to donate blood. You can help save a life by donating. Click here to learn more.