We’re back in person for the annual Ryan’s Run/Walk 5k fundraiser to bring awareness around sickle cell disease and our Warriors. After going virtual last year, we are making this year’s event a hybrid.
The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Galvez Plaza downtown, Baton Rouge. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Participants will pick up race packages on Friday, September 24 from 12 p.m. -6 p.m. Location will be determined later. Race packages not picked up on Friday will be available at the registration table on race day starting at 6:30 a.m.
2021 Ryan's Run/Walk
Why Ryan’s Run/Walk 5K?
The annual Ryan’s Run/Walk 5k promotes education and awareness for those living with sickle cell disease (SCD). Sickle cell disease/anemia is a painful genetic blood disorder impacting more than 100,000 people in the United States. With 2.5 million carrying the trait, it is the most common inherited blood disorder in the country. Newborns can be tested at birth, but others can be tested through a blood test.
SCASL has been serving the sickle cell community in Baton Rouge for 47 YEARS. In 2018 the organization expanded its reach to serve clients in the New Orleans and Lafayette area, doubling its members. SCASL is the only organization to provide supportive medical and social services to people living with sickle cell disease in these areas.
Funds raised through Ryan’s Run/Walk 5k stays within the South Louisiana community to provide supportive services to those living with SCD. Services include housing, transportation, medical services, educational workshops, kid summer camps, and more.
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About Ryan Clark
The elite NFL player suffered a major health scare after a 2007 game in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. Doctors say the high altitude and extreme physical stress triggered the painful and dangerous symptoms, normally only seen in those with sickle cell disease. The strong, healthy 205-pound Clark had excruciating pain in his left side. He returned to Pittsburgh and underwent a battery of tests at UP.M.C. Clark’s test results found sickle cell-related damage to his spleen. Doctors performed emergency surgery to remove his spleen and gallbladder, sidelining Clark for the remainder of the Steelers’ season. Thirty pounds lighter, determined Clark returned to play the following NFL season. His courageous and inspiring return to pro football earned him the Ed Block Courage Award, presented yearly to selected NFL players who represent exemplary role models of courage, inspiration, and sportsmanship. Ryan retired from the NFL in 2015.
He also hopes to send a message to people dealing with sickle cell disease’s pain and complications: “I know that it takes immense strength to withstand the constant pain and unpredictable attacks associated with sickle cell disease. I am so amazed by the strength and resilience I see in people suffering from this disease — strength in the face of adversity. “I want you to know that you are not alone with your disease.
Honoring Ms. Lorri Burgess
Lorri Burgess was a devoted advocate for those battling Sickle Cell Disease. Under her leadership as CEO, SCASL annually increased its number of participating clients and earned national recognition as the most improved sickle cell foundation in the United States. Ms. Burgess extended the reach of the foundation through her unique and innovative fundraisers like Ryan’s Run/Walk. We hope you will help us continue her legacy and work for Sickle Cell Disease by being a part of the 2020 Virtual Ryan’s Run/Walk.
© 2008-2021 The Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Our mission is to bring hope to families in south Louisiana affected by this devastating disease.
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