Sickle Cell Unity Ride held to raise money for sickle cell research

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News took the lead Saturday in promoting sickle cell awareness here in Central Virginia by participating in the 9th Annual Unity Ride.

People with sickle cell disease can experience painful crises due to ‘C’-shaped blood cells which can block blood flow.

Today’s Unity Ride saw nearly 500 bikers and motorcycle clubs riding to raise money for a cure for the disorder.

“We’re all here for sickle cell,” Sandee Smith told 8News. “It’s all about finding a cure for a disease that affects the majority of African Americans and we are raising funds for the local chapter of sickle cell and some of the research that’s going on at VCU Health Systems.”

Check here to make a donation to the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond.

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