Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sickle Cell Awareness Walk

Today, I volunteered for the Sickle Cell Awareness Walk, "Help Stop the Pain" at the Stanton Community Center to the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis. The 2 mile walk was created to support the continuum of care for Sickle Cell patients. Participants were able to donate blood, get screened for Sickle Cell traits, and join the Bone Marrow registry. The Maryland Galaxy queens and I helped set up for the event, take pictures of and record the walk and passed out goodies bags and certificates when the walkers finished the course.

The Lauren D. Beck Sickle Cell Foundation was established on September 2, 2004, by Anika Downs-Wilkerson and Tara Downs-Sanders. The loving memories of Lauren D. Beck, beloved daughter, grand-daughter, sister and niece, raised a concern for the need for awareness of Sickle Cell Disease in Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas. As a result of our efforts, there was a public unveiling at the Stanton Center on October 9, 2004, in Annapolis, MD. That event marked the beginning of fundraisers, awarded scholarships, blood drives, marrow drives and sickle cell trait screenings, all to promote sickle cell awareness. The Foundation collaborates with other groups in the community such as the Annapolis Corvette Club, The AKA's of Annapolis, Delicados of Annapolis, Howard University Hospital, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DC-Gaps, AAMC, The Pediatric Group, and Family Health Centers of Baltimore, all to help our mission and the cause. Anika Wilkerson was appointed in August, 2006 to the Hereditary and Congenital Disease Council for the State of Maryland, by former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and reappointed in July, 2008 by current Governor Martin O’Malley. Anika Wilkerson is also a member of the Statewide Steering Committee on Services for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease.

1 comment:

  1. I am so proud to have you represent us married ladies. You have been an outstanding goodwill ambassador in your service to our community. Good job LaQuisha!


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