What is Ryan’s Run?
Through Ryan’s Run, Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana (SCASL) looks to promote education and awareness for those living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Sickle Cell 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 commonly inherited blood disorder in the country. Newborns can be tested at birth, but others can be tested through a blood test. Last year marked 45 YEARS of the Association’s service for several parishes in the state of Louisiana. SCASL is the only organization whose mission is to provide supportive medical and social services to people living with sickle cell disease in these areas.
The monies raised from Ryan’s Run stay 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.
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.
In Honor of Ms. Lori Burgess
During this yea’s Virtual Ryan’s Run/Walk, we will be honoring our former Chief Operating Officer, Lorri Burgess, who passed away in January 2020 of this year.
Ms. 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.
This year, the annual Ryan’s Run will be held as a virtual 1 mile and 5K event due to the health pandemic. We take the safety and wellness of each and every participant very seriously. The virtual race format allows the participants to run wherever you want! Go to the park, run the treadmill or run in your neighborhood. This is also a fun way to get your family out of the house while you exercise social distancing. You can even sign up as a team!
What you can expect:
Pre-race Warm-up (Live on Facebook)
Race Bib Printout
Be sure to follow us on social media for updates leading up to race day. We will be LIVE on Facebook on race day, running and celebrating with you all.
Once you have finished your run/walk, capture a screenshot of your time and distance on an app on your phone, Fitbit watch, etc. Fill out the special Google Submission form at this link to be included in the results and be eligible for age group awards.
Together we can #MaskUp4SickleCell and get to #KneauxSickle while making a difference within our community. Click here to register online. If you don’t want to register online, you can print and fill out the registration form and bring it to our office.
If you would like to actually run the race routes, you may do so at your own risk.
5K Route: 4th St. North to Spanish Town, East to 5th St., North to Capitol Access, East to Capitol Lake, West to 3rd St., North to River Road, U-turn South to Spanish Town, East to to 4th St., South to North Blvd.
1 Mile Route: North on 4th St. to Spanish Town, U-turn South on 4th St. to North Blvd.