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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Andre Nicholson
Media Relations Assistant
Andre.nicholson@howard.edu
202.238.2330

Howard University Participates in Fourth Annual
Stomp Out Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run

WASHINGTON (August 31, 2010)
– Howard University will join five other metropolitan area organizations to host the Fourth Annual Stomp Out Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run at Freedom Plaza on Sept. 18. This year, the event will take place in downtown Washington, D.C. at Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets from 8 a.m. until noon.

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the sickle cell. Families and friends from Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, National Institutes of Health, Faces of our Children, Inc., and the Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area, Inc. will walk with Howard University to promote awareness, advocacy and education about Sickle Cell Disease. Author and Food Network host “Chef Jeff” Henderson will also participate to promote the cause.

Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. The abnormal hemoglobin in these cells can cause them to take sickle or crescent shape, which can block small blood vessels. The blockage means a decrease of blood reaching tissue which leads to the complications in sickle cell disease. The disease is inherited when both parents have the sickle cell trait, or if one parent has the disease and another has the trait. It is estimated that about 2 million people in the United States have the trait, while about 100,000 have the disease. There is no cure for sickle cell, but there have been advances in treatment.

Registration is now open, and individuals can sign up individually or with a group for $15 per person. The money raised will benefit local and national service organizations to provide case management, education, and counseling programs to those affected by Sickle Cell Disease. Throughout the year, sickle cell groups around the country are sponsoring events, advocating for sickle cell and raising awareness about this disease that still affects tens of thousands of Americans. With more awareness, education and research, we hope that before another 100 years pass, a universal cure can be found to help those living with sickle cell disease.

About Howard University
Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholar, a Marshall Scholar, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.
For more information on the Stomp Out Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run, please visit www.soswalk.org

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DeAnne Bradley, media relations intern, contributed to this release.

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