Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois (SCDAI) 49th Annual 5K/1K Walk, Jog or Bike for a Cure!

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Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois (SCDAI) 49th Annual 5K/1K Walk, Jog, Bike for a Cure

$30 9:00AM CDT - 1:00PM CDT Registration ends September 22, 2023 at 5:00pm CDT


Hayes (Francis) Park
2936 W. 85th St.
Chicago, IL 60652



Grab your family and friends and Lets get active and Raise Sickle Cell Awareness One-Mile at a Time! 

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois (SCDAI) invites you, your family & friends to join us in raising awareness and funding for individuals in Illinois dealing with the daily struggles of Sickle Cell Disease!  Register to receive your 2023 event t-shirt and medal. We will begin registration and FUNdraising now until the end of SEPTEMBER which is Sickle Cell Awareness month.  Please help us by getting the word out and gearing up to either walk, jog, run or ride in support of individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease while honoring individuals who have passed away from the Disease!


Sickle Cell Disease affects more than 100,000 Americans of all different racial and ethnic backgrounds, including, Africans, Arabians, Israelis, Greeks, Italians, Hispanics, and Turks.  Chances are that many of us know someone who has sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait, or an abnormal hemoglobin trait.

Sickle Cell disease (anemia) is diagnosed at birth and caused by genetically inheriting two sickle genes, one from each parent. Individuals with Sickle Cell disease have sickle hemoglobin that makes the red blood cells rigid and causes some red blood cells to take on a sickle shape. Some symptoms associated with Sickle Cell disease are: anemia, infections, severe pain episodes, strokes, growth and puberty delay, and acute chest syndrome.

The average lifespan for persons with sickle disease isn’t known, but it has improved due to increased treatment therapies.  Bone marrow transplants are a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia, but every individual with Sickle Cell Anemia is not a candidate for this procedure.


For 52 years, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois has worked in the community to improve the quality of life for individuals with sickle cell disease and their families. Our Annual 5K Walk, Jog or Bike for a Cure is our largest fundraising event of the year. Typically we have families and supporters from across the State of Illinois join us. In spite of the pandemic, now is the time to commit to your fitness goals while raising money for a worthwhile charitable, 501c3 organization. 100% of the proceeds are from all our events are tax-deductible and will go directly to fund programs that provide direct support services to individuals with sickle cell, as well as awareness, education, and advocacy for the community.


Sickle Cell Awareness Month (September)!

Saturday September 23rd, 2023 

1. Register to participate individually or as a team and set your teams fundraising goal to raise between now-September 30, 2023.

2. Join us on Saturday September 23rd to participate and receive your t-shirt/giveaways! If you choose to walk on a different date prior to September 23rd with friends/family as you may have done previously (due to covid) you will need to arrange with a staff member to pick up your event t-shirt from the SCDAI office prior to your chosen date (773) 526-5016 (please note that staff times and availability will vary). 8108 S. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60620

3. Put on your event t-shirt, begin walking, running, jogging or biking and PLEASE take some photos to share with us (Please note if you share your photos with us we will be sharing them via social media and email to show everyone how we all came together in Illinois for our families with Sickle Cell Disease to raise awareness, funding, and support!) You can share photos with us by:

  • Emailing them to
  • Posting and tagging your photos to the SCDAI Facebook (@scdaillinois), Instagram (scdai), twitter (@scdaillinois) page using the hashtag #SCDAIWalkJogBike4ACure2023


Hayes (Francis) Park 2936 W. 85th St. Chicago, IL 60652

What is the cost?

$30 donation per individual ages 5 and over (includes event t-shirt)

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