I attended a super dope event last week that I’ve been waiting to share with you. Bubbling over with excitement a bit, if you follow my Instagram then you know what I’m talking about. Your St. Jude Cutie is back again and this time, we are talking about sickle cell. September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Do you know anything about sickle cell? Do you know someone who is battling the disease?
This man kept the party going all night long. He was good too, I was totally singing along to everything he played.
This event was to raise awareness for St. Jude, childhood cancer, and sickle cell disease, in addition to recognizing the Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. The nine NPHC organizations are affectionately known as the “Divine Nine“.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Fun Fact: Paul Williams was an African-American architect and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He designed the original star-shaped hospital building for St. Jude. St. Jude became the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South (Memphis, TN) on February 4, 1962. Williams donated his design to St. Jude.
I’m a sucker for good branding and this St. Jude logo beaming down on the floor was a really nice touch.
Tracy Martin is the father of Trayvon Martin; the world met him after his son was murdered by George Zimmerman in Florida on February 26, 2012. To the right of him is St. Jude/ALSAC Vice President, Call Centers Wilfred Busby.
Meet my new friend D’Avalon, at just one week old he was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. He would end up at the hospital on a monthly basis for a week at a time and had to receive blood transfusions. At age 4 he was referred to St. Jude by his doctors. D’ Avalon is now 18-year-olds and starts his first semester of college this fall.
“I came to St. Jude because of something negative, but so much positive has come from it. St. Jude is more than a hospital. It’s a place to grow up.”
Fun Fact: St. Jude is a national leader in the treatment of sickle cell disease. Sickle cell affects 1 in 365 African-Americans and some people of Hispanic, Mediterranean and Native American descent. The St. Jude sickle cell program is one of the largest in the nation.
Kelly Price says, “I’m a writer, first…” she writes and sings from her soul. “Music saved my life,” she says. “Writing has been like therapy; it’s the most incredible gift.” I agree 100% she sings her face off every single time she opens her mouth. Also known as the Queen of R&B.
The photographer caught a really dope shot of us during my interview. Click below to hear the amazing things Kelly Price is doing with St. Jude.