36th Annual Sickle Cell Race/Walk Move to Tri-Cities High School in East Point a Huge Success (Opinion)

EAST POINT — Though organizers and participants will miss the former Welcome All Park location, Tri-Cities High School, at 2575 Harris St., made for a new perfect event site of the 36th Annual Sickle Cell Race/Walk Saturday.

The school’s large gym, beautiful football stadium and surrounding side streets provided plenty of room for the pre-race dance workout, street vendors and socializing as well as an indoor escape from heat, clean restrooms and a nice stage and seating for presenting awards for the day’s main events: a 4k walk and 7k run.

The annual charity is promoted by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia — founded by trailblazing Atlanta physicians  Dr. Delutha King (in picture) and the late Dr. Nelson McGhee — and managed by the South Fulton Running Partners — the nation’s oldest and largest historically African-American running club.

The Sickle Cell Foundation seeks to find a cure for sickle cell disease, a hereditary blood disorder common to people of African descent in which the body makes abnormal sickle-shaped red blood cells. All proceeds of the race/walk go to support Camp New Hope, a camp for youth with sickle cell anemia.

In this awards ceremony picture: East Point City Council Member Sharon Shropshire; Heavyweight World Champion legend Evander Holyfield; East Point City Council Member Nanette Saucier; Dr. King; Sickle Cell Foundation Attorney and Board Member Brian Poe, Esq., Brian Poe & Associates/Georgia Bankruptcy Attorneys; East Point City Council Member Deana Holiday Ingraham, Esq.; and Sickle Cell Foundation Board Member and Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., Esq.

For a photo gallery of the day, please visit the Facebook fan page of Journalist and Political Social Media Consultant Janita Poe.