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ZUMBATHON FOR THE JAMES R CLARK SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION
Sat, March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
My name is Angela K Burkett and I am a Zumba instructor in Sumter, SC. On March 25, 2017, I will be hosting a “Zumbathon” to raise money for the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation.There will be Zumba instructors from the Sumter and Columbia area participating. A $10.00 donation gives you the opportunity to burn at least 1500 calories while supporting a worthy cause. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects nearly 100,000 people in the United States. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen in the blood. Normal red blood cells are round and flexible, which enables them to travel through small blood vessels to deliver oxygen to all parts of the body. Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to form into a crescent shape, like a sickle. The sickle-shaped red blood cells break apart easily, causing anemia. Sickle red blood cells live only 10-20 days instead of the normal 120 days. The damaged sickle red blood cells also clump together and stick to the walls of blood vessels, blocking blood flow. This can cause severe pain and permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, bones, and spleen. Severe pain is an emergency called acute sickle cell crisis. A person may not know what brought on the pain, but infection and dehydration are common triggers. Sickle cell disease is most common in Africans and African-Americans. It is also found in other ethnic and racial groups, including people from South and Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean countries, and India. There is no known cure for Sickle Cell Disease. The goal of treatment is to manage and control symptoms and to limit the number of crisis. People with Sickle Cell Disease need on-going treatment, even when not having a crisis. This “Zumbathon” fundraiser will assist the Sickle Cell Families in the community.