Registration Open for 8th Annual ‘Walk With The Stars’ Event

Registration Open for 8th Annual ‘Walk With The Stars’ Event
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Registration is open for the 8th annual “Walk with the Stars,” one of the largest fundraisers organized by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) that supports the development of better treatments and a cure for sickle cell disease (SCD).

All proceeds from the July 10 event will go to SCDAA programs that are aimed at preventing disease complications through education, advocacy, increased awareness, and research. The two-hour fundraiser kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Registration is $10.

The event is virtual again this year, so participants may walk, run, dance, jump rope, or even Hula-Hoop, at home or wherever they are to support the nonprofit organization. The top fund-raising teams and individuals will receive prizes.

The annual walk brings together advocates of every stripe and background across the U.S. to raise funds, as well as awareness. To date, the event has raised more than $500,000 to improve treatments and the quality of life of members of the sickle cell community. The goal for this year is to raise $30,000.

“When you participate in the Walk with the Stars, you are helping to build a future where there is a universal cure for sickle cell,” the organization stated in its announcement. “Together we are stronger. Together we can break the sickle cycle.”

Although event participants are welcome to raise funds through sponsorships of individual walks and runs in local communities, the organization also is encouraging the formation of virtual teams. More information on sponsorship opportunities is available here.

“Walk with the Stars is the perfect opportunity to encourage friends, loved ones, and coworkers to make a life-impacting change for all those affected by sickle cell disease,” the SCDAA stated. “United with every walker and runner, together we can raise the necessary funds which will get us that much closer to finding a universal cure.”

The event is being tagged and shared on social media with the hashtag #MoveForSickleCell.

Established in 1971, the SCDAA advocates for those living with SCD, and seeks to empower community-based organizations to maximize patients’ quality of life, while advancing the search for a cure.

Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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