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November 1, 2017

4th annual Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas Turkey Trot 11.23.17

by CBCC

Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas hosts its 4th annual University City Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run on Nov. 23. The 5K race takes place Thanksgiving Day at 8 a.m. and the fun run begins at 9 a.m. The Turkey Trot will be at The Fresh Market, 3024 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte. There will be music, food and drinks after the race. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume, and the people with the top three costumes will receive a prize.

On race day, CBCC will be on site to provide information about their mission and the importance of blood donation for sickle cell patients, as well as help attendees schedule an appointment to donate. Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes the normally round red blood cells to be sickle shaped (or C-shaped). When this happens, it can cause severe pain as the cells clot together to prevent blood flow. Blood transfusions are often needed to replace the sickled cells with healthy red blood cells. That means having more closely matched blood is vitally important to prevent transfusion reactions and rejection.

CBBC and Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas are part of the Carolinas Sickle Cell Collaborative that was founded in 2014. The Collaborative is a joint effort between CBCC and Levine Cancer Institute that works to match the 2,000 sickle cell patients in our community with blood donors who have similar blood characteristics. CBCC is the primary blood supplier to our region’s hospitals. So when you donate with CBCC, you can make a difference in our community.

Join CBCC on Thanksgiving morning by supporting the Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas in the 4th annual Turkey Trot 5K or Fun Run. To register, go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Charlotte/UniversityCityTurkeyTrot5K

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