Sickle Cell Awareness Challenge raises funds to support patients

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two organizations are coming together to raise money for people living with sickle cell disease.

The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee are partnering to determine which can raise the most money.

The contest is called the Sickle Cell Awareness Challenge, and organizers said the funds raised will be used to offer resources and support to individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD).

Organizers said more than 100,000 African Americans are affected by sickle cell disease in the United States. They said more than 4,000 residents in Tennessee are affected, most of which live in Memphis and Shelby County.

Organizers said 100 percent of the funds raised will go to people affected by the disease.

They said the fundraiser will also support the Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves Sickle Cell Scholarship. This annual award provides financial support for the pursuit of higher education to a high school senior living with SCD.

The challenge runs from April 2 to April 30.

Donations are being accepted online.

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