EAST POINT, Ga., March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The 40th Anniversary Sickle Road Race & Walk will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9am in the City of East Point. This is a great time for Peachtree Road Race competitors to run a 7K qualifier race and for advocates to team up in the name of family, friends, and co-workers who suffer from sickle cell anemia. It will be a festive day with music, activities, vendors and prizes. All are invited to sign up for the American Red Cross onsite blood drive, register at redcrossblood.org/ and enter code: SCFG.

The scenic course, which starts at Tri-Cities High School, is challenging for runners and gratifying for most walkers. Race registration is available online at www.SickleCellRace.com. Creating a team is a great way to experience the event, explained Race Director CW Wilson, an accomplished runner who has been involved since the event started. «Teams consist of 20 or more who register under one team name such as ‘Team Carla’ or ‘Team Red Cross’ or ‘Team UPS’ qualify for discounts and incentives» he explained. 

 «We are happy to once again be the site of the Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk with proceeds going to support Camp New Hope and the many support services of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia,» said East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham. «This event gives attendees a chance to experience our downtown growth, convenient transit, neighborhood charm, hospitality and robust businesses». 

Deb McGhee McCrary, SCFG President and CEO added, «For just a few hours every year, on the second Saturday in April we come together to get a movement going about sickle cell –the most commonly detected genetic blood disorder that is diagnosed in newborns». Join us for a community Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. 

For more information or for Corporate Sponsorships visit www.SickleCellRace.com or call C. W. Wilson or Bronaugh Bridges at 404-755-1641.

About Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.:
Founded in 1971 by two Atlanta physicians – the late Nelson McGhee, Jr and Delutha H. King, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.(SCFG) is a statewide nonprofit advocating for and serving children and adults with Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. The Foundation hosts Camp New Hope, Georgia’s first medically-supervised summer camp for children with sickle cell ages 6-17; and is the only community-based organization providing sickle cell education, testing, counseling and Transition services throughout the state. Also like us at www.facebook.com/SickleCellGA or follow us on instagram@sicklecellga

About The City of East Point:
The City of East Point is approximately 13.8 miles with a population of over 33,000. Located southwest of Atlanta, East Point is conveniently located minutes away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This quaint urban community’s prime location, numerous retail, and great restaurants make it an attractive place for a «live-work-play-shop» environment. For more information about the City of East Point visit www.eastpointcity.org. Also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofeastpoint/ and follow us on twitter @cityofeastpoint, snapchat @cityofeastpoint, or instagram @cityofeastpoint.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcrossblood.org  and enter sponsor code SCFG.

SCFG Contact: Leslie Fontenot
Telephone: (404) 755-1641

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SOURCE Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia