June 19: World Sickle Cell Day & Sickle Cell Day in South Carolina

On June 19, 2019, The B Strong Group will be celebrating World Sickle Cell Day & Sickle Cell Day in SC by hosting a fun, healthy, awareness Zumba event! We will join Jam With Tam and her Zumba family as we dance towards our healthy selves all for a worthy cause. We will help #ShineTheLightOnSickleCell by providing information on sickle cell disease for our guests. We will have local sickle cell warriors and parents of sickle cell warriors share a little of their story to give the inside perspective.

We, The B Strong Group, will continue to do our part in spreading awareness of sickle cell disease.

Space is limited but there may be a few tickets left, you can get your tickets at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jam-for-sickle-cell-tickets-62241209132

The event will be held at the Richland County Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parkland Road, Columbia, SC in the Board Room from 6-7:30. Refreshments will be served. There will also be door prizes too! This event is free!

2nd Annual Braden’s Birthday Bash & Blood Drive was a Success!

We were excited to celebrate our 2nd Annual Birthday Bash & Blood Drive on Saturday, March 30th from 10 am until 4 pm at Caughman Road Park, 2800 Trotter Road. We were happy to once again partner with the Richland County Recreation Foundation and the American Red Cross and host this event that was FREE to the community!

Our theme for 2019 is “A Year of Nostalgia”. We will incorporate our theme into our event. We will have “Old School” games such as Hop Scotch, Red Light Green Light, Simon Says, Double Dutch and hand games. We will also have a Kids’ Corner, arts & craft and different organizations from the community. Entertainment will be provided by students from local schools. We will share information about our organization, sickle cell disease and share the importance of blood donation by hosting our blood drive. We will also be accepting toys to donate to the Cancer & Blood Disorder Center at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Midlands. Please join us!

Join us for this free community event!

FUN GAMES & ACTIVITIES

  • Mini Kickball Tournaments
  • Hop Scotch
  • Red Light Green Light
  • Jump Rope
  • Simon Says
  • Chess
  • Four Squares
  • Hand Games
  • And More!

SPECIAL GUESTS

  • Satchel Ford Elementary Steel Drums Band
  • Crayton Middle School Jazz Band
  • Special Appearance by Iron Man
  • Special Appearance by RCSD Team Mascot
  • Special Appearance by local Representatives

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Spreading Awareness

We were invited to share our story at an American Red Cross Blood Mobile presentation.  Generous donors funded a bloodmobile for our local Red Cross office.  We were happy to represent The B Strong Group and share our story to let the donors see who their generous donation impacts.  We were able to meet the donors and thank them in person.  We shared our sickle cell story and told the about our organization and the things we want to do.  bloodmobile talkWe want to support those with sickle cell disease and the other organizations that provide support for those with sickle cell disease.  We are determined to promote the importance of blood donation to those with sickle cell disease.  We especially want to encourage African Americans to donate blood because a lot of sickle cell patients need our type of blood, as well.  Blood donation will always be a priority to The B Strong Group because a blood transfusion helped to save our son’s life.  We will never stop advocating.

A look inside the new blood mobile that was donated to the Columbia Red Cross office.

Our Inaugural Event

Our first event, Braden’s 12th Birthday Bash & Blood Drive, was a success!  We are so thankful for the support of our B Strong Team, volunteers, family and friends, our event partners: the American Red Cross and the Richland County Recreation Commission, sponsors, supporters, our community and of course our B Strong Sickle Cell Warriors!  They are our motivation!Braden

Our mini kickball tournament was a hit!  First place went to Braden’s Ballers; 2nd to Kick Squad, Third place to the Munchkins and Fourth place to Just Kick It! Thanks to all of our participants and coaches!!

Our silent auction that included some wonderful items was also a hit.  The food prepared by Congaree Convenience Catering was delicious and plentiful!  We are thankful to all of our vendors who provided information and services to our guests. They included DHEC Camp Burnt Gin, A Healing Touch Chiropractic Center, Be The Match, Cilly Cell Project, Richland County Sheriff Department’s Deputy Kevin Lawrence and Sheriff Leon Lott and the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation.  We enjoyed entertainment by Beyond Words Dance Academy and Heart of Ice Sculptures!Sheriff LottAsbury

Thank you all for making this a wonderful first event! Stay tuned for future B Strong Events!

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