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Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run

  • Fairmount Park Reservoir Drive Philadelphia, PA United States (map)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

On Site Registration Starts: 7:00 AM

Run Begins: 8:30 AM  and  Walk Begins 8:35 AM

Awards Ceremony: 10:00 AM

To Pre-Register, Create or Join a team:
click the link above
or the "Register" button on the right

To Make a Donation, click the "Donate" button

(Online Pre-registration closes on 9/20/18 @11:59 pm
Onsite Registration opens on 9/22/18 @7:00 am)

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a global disease. It is most common in West and Central Africa where as many as 25% of the people have sickle cell trait and 1-2% of all babies are born with a form of the disease. In the United States with an estimated population of over 270 million, about 1,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease each year.  Approximately 100,000 individuals in the United States have sickle cell disease and 3 million have sickle cell trait. Although individuals with sickle cell trait are generally healthy, there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy that two parents with the trait will have a baby born with sickle cell disease. In addition people of Hispanic, Native American, Caribbean, Asian, Mediterranean, Italian/Sicilian, Greek, Indian and Turkish ancestry are also affected. 

SCD is an inherited blood disorder, characterized primarily by chronic anemia and periodic episodes of pain. The underlying problem involves hemoglobin, a component of the red cells. The hemoglobin molecules in each red blood cell carry oxygen from the lungs to the body organs and tissues and bring carbon dioxide back to the lungs. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) which causes them to stack up and create blockages that deprive the organs and tissue of oxygen carrying blood. This process not only produces episodes of pain, it can ultimately damage the tissues and vital organs and lead to a number of other serious medical problems.

Help To Raise Awareness!
The Sickle Cell "Get Connected" Registry Makes It Easy 

Get Connected is the 1st national patient-powered registry for those with sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. This registry is free and follows all HIPPA and Confidentiality laws. Among the key benefits of the registry: It will help to provide a more accurate number of individuals living with sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait.  Most importantly, by gathering the true number of individuals living with this illness we will be able to lobby for more funds for research, psychosocial services, new medical care/medications and ultimately a cure. 

If you are a patient, click to sign up for Get Connected. Please remember to select SCDAA/PDVC as your local CBO Affilliate.  Parents, guardians and caregivers, use the link to sign up the person in your care as patient and you can also register as a non-patient.

To learn more about Get Connected, please take a moment to view the video. 

 Events & News 

  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/PDVC's
    36th Anniversary - July 2, 2018.

  • September - Annual Sickle Cell Awareness Month

  • 21st Annual Walter E Brandon Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run September 22, 2018

  • SCDAA 46th Annual Convention, October 10-12, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease Association/PDVC
For SCD 5-K Walk/Run Location and Directions visit:
Corporate Gift Matching

Earlier Event: September 16
Radnor Fall Festival
Later Event: September 23
Miles For Mutts 5K & 1-Mile Fun Walk