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Sickle Cell event to raise funds, feature free entertainment

Published 10:33am Friday, September 20, 2013

A pair of organizations are combining the joy of song with giving back to the community and raising awareness.
The Hope, Love, Cure, for Sickle Cell Fundraiser Concert will be held Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at Miracle Missionary Baptist Church located on I Street.
Hosted by Douglas-Fletcher Entertainment and Sistas For A Cause, the concert is free and will have musical artists from around the area.
“A young lady named Ashley Crawford is coming from Atlanta, Ga. Kenya Curry, who we have kind of classified as Alabama’s own India Arie because her music has that flavor, will be there,” said Yvonne Burton, member of DFE. “The Shiloh Spirituals from Eclectic will also be singing there, among others.”
Sickle cell anemia is a disease passed down through families where the red blood cells, which are normally shaped like a disc, take on a sickle or crescent shape.
As result, complications are created, such as fatigue, rapid heart rate and abdominal pain.
In the United States, 90,000 to 100,000 people, mostly African Americans, have Sickle Cell disease.
Burton said this is the first time either group has hosted the event, which is being held in honor of DFE owner Chris Fletcher’s father, Donald, who has Sickle Cell.
Burton said the concert will help raise awareness about Sickle Cell.
“It will also be very informative to let people know about Sickle Cell. They will learn more about the symptoms, as well as how people manage and live with it,” Burton said. “It’s going to informative and just a way to give back something to the community. We want it to be a blessing and help others.”