Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: September 14, 2016
Sen. Kevin Matthews
Sickle Cell 5K and education fair slated for Saturday,
Sept. 17 at State Capitol
An education fair and 5K to raise funds and awareness to
aid Oklahomans with sickle cell disease (SCD) will be held at the
Oklahoma State Capitol this coming Saturday, September 17 at 9 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the organization Supporters of Families
with Sickle Cell Disease as part of National Sickle Cell Awareness
Matthews, chair of the Oklahoma Black Caucus, said the 5K will
help call attention to SCD which affects up to 100,000 Americans,
including 1,500 here in Oklahoma. Another 40,000 in the state may
unknowingly carry the genetic trait.
“Sickle cell is a serious debilitating and life threatening
disease that unfortunately does not receive nearly enough attention
or resources. Supporters of Families with Sickle Cell Disease is
the only organization I know of that actively educates, advocates
and provides SCD testing as their primary mission—and they
do it with hardly any public funding,” said Matthews, D-Tulsa.
“I urge the public to participate in this fundraising effort
supporting families who are working hard to help themselves and
SCD is a hereditary condition which causes the body to produce abnormal
hemoglobin. Red blood cells become rigid and sickle-shaped, sticking
together and blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to the body.
The chronic condition can cause intense pain and serious health
issues such as stroke, infection and pulmonary complications. Currently,
the only available cure is stem cell transplantation—but the
process is associated with potentially fatal side effects. The few
additional treatment options are aimed at decreasing pain and preventing
In addition to the 5K walk, run or jog for the cure, the health
and education fair will include free health screenings, information
from various community based health and education organizations,
music and children’s activities as part of the family friendly
To register for the 5K, go to http://bit.ly/sicklecell5k2016
or call 918-408-1468.
For more information,
Matthews: 405-521-5598 or 918-955-2283