Sickle Cell Anemia

April 28, 1991

The annual walk-a-thon to raise funds for research to cure sickle cell anemia will take place Sunday, May 19.

Registration for the 30-kilometer walk will begin at 7 a.m. at Hillsdale Elementary School, Edmund Street, in Aberdeen.

Participants will solicit pledges for each kilometer completed.

This year's poster child is Calvin Carter, 2. His favorite food is spaghetti, says his mother, Spec. Caroline Showell, of the Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Calvin is a victim of ablood disease for which there has yet to be found a cure. Diagnosed as a victim of sickle cell anemia when he was only 4 months old, he has experienced a significant amount of pain.

Sickle cell anemia isan inherited blood condition which causes pain, swelling, and anemiain different parts of the body. All three symptoms are caused by a change in the shape of the red cells in the blood.

For Calvin and thousands others, the red cells are filled with sickle hemoglobin which makes it easy for the cells to become crescent or sickle-shaped in the body. These stiff cells become tangled and prevent other red cells carrying oxygen to get past, resulting in pain and scarring. Bones can be affected which in turn leads to tenderness, redness and swelling, mostly in hands and feet.

Information: 272-5471.

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