MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Mid-South runners hit the pavement early Saturday morning for the 12th Annual Mark Walden Memorial Sickle Cell 5K in Downtown Memphis.
The 5K honors the life of former Local 24 Chief Meteorologist Mark Walden who died from the disease in 2013.
Hundreds of people gathered in AutoZone Park, to support those fighting the sickle cell disease.
“It’s important to me because I have sickle cell,” said Sherry Brown, living with sickle cell. “I know the important’s a lot more people who are educated the treatment and all that.”
Sickle Cell is an inherited group of disorders where cells die early leaving a shortage of healthy red blood cells. They then form a ‘crescent’ or ‘sickle’ shape.