From red shirts to red balloons the color adored the streets outside of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for the 3rd Annual High Five for Sickle Cell Awareness Walk. People who were personally affected by the disease and many supporters who came for the great cause lined the area outside of the museum to walk for awareness and support efforts.

This annual event benefits the Michigan Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. By having this walk the proceeds and donations gathered will benefit the youth enrichment program and provide support for families who are directly affected by the disease.

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Before the walk started attendees were able to get balloon animals made, their faces painted and they even did a little dancing to kick things off. Prizes were being offered to teams with the most signed up to walk and best t-shirt design.

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There are so many people that suffer from sickle cell, a lot of people don’t know that other people suffer. Having events like this for people to come together and see that there is someone who is just like them is helpful, said Charity Kemp a patient and participant at the event.

For some participants the disease hits close to home. All of the walkers at the event were there to raise awareness and spread hope for those who have the disease.

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The CW50 Street Team thanks the Michigan Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America for having us join them at this event to raise awareness and support for so many people. We want to give everyone a high five for all their hard work!