Sickle Cell Walk 2012
Sunday, September 30th, 2012 @ 1:12PM
Race to the End! The Men of Epsilon Iota Iota (EII) stretched their muscles and broke a sweat to participate in the 21st Annual Sickle Cell Walk sponsored by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America held Saturday, September 22, 2012 at East Rock Park in New Haven, CT. As the “WALK” turned into a competitive running challenge amongst participants, EII’s Yannick Adjei sprinted to the end to cross the line first, besting a group of five, for this great cause. The walk/run brings awareness to and supports the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s mission to provide education, screening, counseling and services to those with Sickle cell disease, also known as sickle cell anemia. The disease causes normal soft, round red blood cells to harden and take on a sickle like shape. People with this condition may experience mild to severe pain and low blood count or anemia as the affected cells pass through their body. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickle cell disease affects an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Americans, occurring in about one out of every five African American births and one out of every 36,000 Hispanic American births.