Texas has the highest number of Sickle Cell cases in the country
Walking for the Houston Sickle Cell Association
An important cause in the local community…
September 14th marked Houston Sickle Cell Association’s third annual Sickle Cell walk to raise awareness for those afflicted with Sickle Cell Anemia in the greater Houston area.
Sickle Cell affects over 100,000 people in the United States, and Texas has the highest number of Sickle Cell cases in the country. The organization’s aim in hosting this walk each year is to raise awareness, donations and community participation in events such as blood donations, development of improved medical protocols and outreach for clinical trials as well as legislation.
Competentia’s Golie Green is an active participant in the charity.
“As a board member, and someone who lives with Sickle Cell Anemia, it is important to me that I can do everything possible to give back to the local community and ensure that others who have this disease are able to live their lives to the fullest,” he said.
Sickle Cell is a blood disorder of the red blood cells which deforms the blood cell into the shape of a sickle instead of a circle. These deformed cells also carry less oxygen which lower energy levels in those who have Sickle Cell. The symptoms include extreme tiredness and immense pain crisis which are caused by the blood cells being trapped in veins and arteries, in some cases stopping blood flow to bones and attacking major arteries. While some live long lives with Sickle Cell Anemia, the disorder is still considered terminal as you can die from complications created by the disorder.
“I’m grateful to my colleagues at Competentia and to the local community for coming out to support this effort,” said Golie.
To find out more about the Sickle Cell Association of Houston, visit their website, or contact Golie directly.