5K and Sickle Cell Family Day

Come and join the fun while supporting a great cause. The 5K and Sickle Cell Family Day is back, so if you missed it last year, now’s the time to make plans to attend. All are welcome; you don’t have to be diagnosed with sickle cell disease or sickle cell anemia to be a part of this informative event.

The Facts

5K race from 2005

The Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

Lunch time: 12:00 noon

The Location: Bachman Lake Park

The Address: 3500 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas

The Cost: $20.00 pre-registration/ $25.00 after September 4th

How to Register: Via the active.com website 

About Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease. This serious disorder causes the body to make sickle shaped red blood cells, instead of the normal disc shaped ones.  These stiff and sticky cells block blood flow around the blood vessels of organs and can cause pain and organ damage.

Sickle cell anemia is a lifelong disease that’s inherited. It’s possible for someone to carry the sickle cell trait without developing on its own, thereby passing it on to their children. People who have this condition can suffer from chronic pain and fatigue, but with proper care, many people are able to live much longer than was once expected. In the 1990s a man with sickle cell had a life expectancy of just 42, and women could expect to live to be about 48. Thankfully, better treatment has led to a vast improvement for sickle cell sufferers; it’s not uncommon for patients to live into their 70s with proper treatment, which makes the awareness and fund raising of programs like the 5k and Sickle Cell Family Day so important.

About the Run

The 5k and Sickle Cell Family Day is organized by The Otis Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Otis Uduebor. Otis was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when he was only four and his family was informed that he would not live to celebrate his fifth birthday, and if he accomplished that milestone, he would never grow taller than three feet. Otis defied the odds by living to be 23 years old and standing over six feet tall. It is in his memory, the 5k and Sickle Cell Family Day is held in the hopes that one day families will never have to watch their child die from this disease.

After finishing the run/walk, all participants are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon of food, live entertainment, health information, prizes, games and much more. So, plan to attend and call early to register. It’s a great run for a great cause. Come along and help us run for the cure.


Story credit, Photo credit: 5K race from 2005 by midwestnerd. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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