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Hundred participate in Sickle Cell Walk-Run-Ride

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hundreds of people pounded the pavement Sunday to find a cure for Sickle Cell disease.

More than three hundred people participated in the 6th Annual Cure Sickle Cell Foundation 5K Walk-Run-Ride at Jackson State University.

Teams of businesses, sororities, fraternities, family, families and friends and helped raise money and awareness, focusing on the importance of testing for the inherited blood disease.

Health experts estimated that 72,000 Americans live with the blood disorder which manly affected African Americans.

"I have had a bone marrow transplant. While I was in the hospital my hair fell out... I'm cured. I have a trait, a small amount, and now I'm cured," said Tyrone Hickman, diagnosed with Sickle Cell.

"I am walking in memory of my brother Terrance Bradley who passed away from sickle cell disease six years ago at the age of 31," said Terricha Bradley, brother died of Sickle Cell Disease.

"If you participate in any strenuous physical activity check it out. Make sure you don't have the trait. Get tested and if so stay hydrated," said Dr. Larry Nixon.

Last year the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital received $7,500 raised from the walk.

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