Nina Anderson, DNP, a recent graduate of Jefferson School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, helped raise awareness at the 2nd Annual James Faucett III 5K for Sickle Cell Awareness. Anderson founded the event last year, when James Faucett, a friend and former patient, passed away from sickle cell anemia. Shortly before his death, Faucett participated in a 5K sickle cell walk in Philadelphia, PA, despite being too ill to run.
Anderson, the executive director of Tova Community Health, frequently interacts with patients who have sickle cell anemia. “Sickle cell is an orphan disease [in that it is rare],” she says. “But so many African-Americans carry the trait, and this event is a way to bring the community together to educate the public.”
Sickle cell anemia, in which abnormal hemoglobin causes misshaped cells that can impede circulation and cause severe pain, organ damage and death, affects almost 100,000 Americans, most of whom are African Americans. The sickle cell trait is carried by approximately one in ten African Americans and one in 100 Hispanics.
The 2nd Annual James Faucett III 5K for Sickle Cell Awareness took place September 14, 2013, at the Brandywine Park in Wilmington, DE, and raised $15,000 with 400 participants.
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