There are 72,000 people in the USA with sickle cell anemia; 2 million carriers of the disease; and one in 12 African American carriers of sickle cell anemia.
It is more common in people of African or South American descent. Sickle cell anemia is a major public health problem affecting a significant portion of the African-American population.
A5 Academy of the Arts sponsored the first Sickle Cell Walk in St. Martinville on Saturday, Oct. 16. People from all walks of life from far and near (Texas, Altanta, Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, and St. Martinville) joined in and supported the cause by making a monetary contribution and/or walking one mile in honor of all sickle cell patients.
A5 Academy with the support of the community that they was able to raise and donate $1,200 towards the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Inc.