Two hundred people turned out for an awareness walk on Sept. 22. Organized by the Orangeburg Area Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation Inc., the theme of the walk was “Taking a step towards breaking the sickle cell silence.”
During the ceremony, the foundation received $10,000 in donations.
“We had a great turn out at the sickle cell walk again this year. My goal of reaching 200 walkers was met,” Foundation Executive Director Isaac “Ike” Haigler said.
“Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell served as walk ambassador. He has agreed to serve again next year, and plans to bring his new bike team,” Haigler said.
The non-profit foundation, chartered in 1976, has an office at 825 Summers Ave. It serves the six-county area of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg.
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“I would just like to thank the students from Claflin and S.C. State for their attendance,” along with other participants who made the walk a success, Haigler said.
Event sponsors included Islam Temple No. 3 of Orangeburg; SI Group; Islam Temple No. 4 of Aiken; Delta Sigma Theta, Orangeburg Alumnae Chapter; Jamison Pharmacy; The Okonite Company; AT&T Pioneers; Subway; Alpha Kappa Alpha of Orangeburg; and Friends of Jim Clyburn.
“A special thanks goes out to the Claflin University Honors College and other students who adopted our office as a project for National Sickle Cell Awareness Month," Haigler said. "The office building was painted. Money for paint and other materials was donated by Ketain Patel of F.L. Metts Grocery, Bharat Patel of Four-Way Stop Convenience Store and Dr. Ansari of Park Street Dental LLC."
For more information about the foundation, or to make a donation, call 803-534-1716 or write to Mary Zeigler, Orangeburg Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation Inc., 825 Summers Ave., Orangeburg, SC 29115.
The foundation office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.