via The Grio
A sea of green shirts worn proudly by the patients of The Valerie Fund will flood Verona Park in Verona, NJ, on June 14th in the efforts to raise over a million dollars for children with cancer and blood disorders.
The Valerie Fund, a non-profit organization based in New Jersey, provides comprehensive health care services to children with solid and brain tumors, leukemia, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders close to home. Despite the ray of hope that shines brightly throughout the entire park on this special day, the little soldiers battling sickle cell disease need your undivided attention.
I am one of their comrades, since I too fight with sickle cell, and today, I am their voice. One way that we can change this epidemic is to create a new culture of blood donation among the African-American community. Some may ask why sickle cell should be a topic of discussion among people of color. The reason is simple. Sickle cell disease almost exclusively affects people of African descent and is our most common genetic disorder.
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