Baltimore commemorates World Sickle Cell awareness day

Baltimore commemorates World Sickle Cell awareness day

BALTIMORE -- WBFF -- In honor of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association presented the inaugural Shootout Sickle Cell fundraiser at Gilman School.

The event was held to help improve the lives of people living with Sickle Cell disease.

Basketball legend Donta Bright led the shootout and Baltimore's own D.J. Keebee was on the turntables.

The disease takes place when red blood cells turn into a sickle shape. The cells then reportedly die early, leaving fewer healthy red blood cells and blocking blood flow causing pain.

Sickle Cell affects three million Americans every year, with 80% of those being African Americans.

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