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Get “All Jazzed Up” to Support Sickle Cell Disease at Legg Mason

The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund is pleased to announce their annual fundraiser whose theme this year is “All Jazzed Up.”  The event, which will take place at the Legg Mason Tower, will honor a Maryland and a Delaware family whose children are living with the debilitating disease.  Funds raised will support sickle cell programs in this region.

“We appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the community.  This has enabled us to support sickle cell programs at the DuPont Hospital for Children and at Johns Hopkins Hospital,” states Dr. Karen L. Proudford, President of the Fund.  “We see this opportunity as a bridge between the Delaware and Maryland patients living with this disease.

Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the United States. Though the disease affects African Americans disproportionately, it also affects people of many nationalities including Italians, Latin Americans, Greeks, Arabs, and Asiatic Indians.  In the U.S., an estimated 1 out of 1,000-1,400 Hispanic newborns has the disease.  Approximately 2.5 million African Americans have sickle cell trait, and 1 out of 400-500 African American newborns have the disease.

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and on Thursday, September 22nd, The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund will hold its 6th annual fundraiser in Baltimore All Jazzed Up. Music will be provided by the internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr. and acclaimed jazz guitarist Drew Davidsen.

When: Thursday, September 22nd – 6:00 PM

Where: Legg Mason Tower – Baltimore, Maryland

Cost: $75 per person – General reception; $125 per person – VIP reception

Contact:  Ms. Angela Burkett 302.983.8455 (Delaware) or 410.963.5092 (Maryland)

Tickets on sale now and may be purchased online.

The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote treatment, research and education about sickle cell disease.  The fund is registered with the Baltimore City Combined Charity Campaign as designation #5046.


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