Running for a good cause; 5K benefits Sickle Cell awareness

WEST POINT, Miss (WCBI) – People in West Point kicked off their day running for a good cause.

The Progressive Foundation held its 4th annual 5K to benefit Sickle Cell awareness.

Runners – and some walkers – wore their favorite sports paraphernalia to “Team Up” against the blood disease.

Board Member, James T. Stewart Sr. says it’s important to bring awareness because many in his community are affected.

“It’s very important because so many people are affected by it and the majority of people that are affected by sickle cell happen to be African American unfortunately and the second group, the next largest affected by sickle cell is the Hispanic community. Something like 1 in 5 are affected and many babies born in those ethnicities are victims of sickle cell. ”

Proceeds from the race will go to the Mississippi Chapter of Sickle Cell.

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