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We Run AS ONE Virtual Race in September for Sickle Cell Awareness Month!Our cause is sickle cell and sickle cell trait education and awareness.
We challenge you to:
Run or Walk AS ONE - 53 miles during the month of September
Step AS ONE - 5,300 steps per day during the month of September
Hydrate AS ONE - increase your hydration by 53 ounces of water per day during the month of September
5.3k AS ONE - Your race. Your pace. Anytime by the end of the month.
Donate Blood AS ONE - help us reach our goal to increase the Be The Match Marrow registry by 53 registrants between now and end of September
Know Your Status AS ONE - help us reach our goal to have 53 people get tested for sickle cell trait so they'll know their sickle cell genotype.
If you've already been tested and know your genotype, please share it. HINT: if you do not have sickle cell or sickle cell trait then your genotype is HbAA or AA for short.
This race benefits the As One Foundation that was established to honor the memory of Devaughn Darling, who died of sickle cell trait exertion in 2001. All of our events and activities are planned to increase awareness of sickle cell and sickle cell trait. Your participation in this We Run AS ONE Virtual Race helps us continue doing just that.
Significance of "53"
53 was Devaughn's football number at FSU.
1953 was Ms. Wendy's birth year.
Devaughn is our founder, Devard Darling's identical twin brother that died of sickle cell trait exertion during football conditioning drills at Florida State University, February 26, 2001. We lost Devard 's and Devaughn's mother, affectionately known as Ms. Wendy earlier this year, January 26, 2020, also to a sudden and untimely death. Ms. Wendy's birth year was 1953. We miss them both dearly and now they serve as the inspiration for all As One Foundation events and activities.
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