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Sickle Cell Awareness Month St. Jude & Kelly Price

Hey Cuties,

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?

Before I get to the fun let me school you a bit. Sickle cell disease is a group of blood disorders that prevent the regular flow of blood in the body because of the effect on the hemoglobin in red blood cells. That is a bit medical but this is what is really going on.  The Hemoglobin S forms hard fibers inside the red cells sometimes and causes them to reshape into sickle (banana) shape. The banana shaped red blood cells cannot move through blood vessels easily and sometimes are blocked from delivering oxygen to some body tissues.
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Te Espi, The Style Medic & Mi {Photo Credit: St. Jude}

 This was an after work event so I wanted to play it safe and be comfy. I wasn’t sure what others would wear. So I went for this Chevron dress from Forever21 and my flat J. Crew oxfords.
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Music

This man kept the party going all night long. He was good too, I was totally singing along to everything he played.

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Ice Sculpture and Shrimp

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.

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St. Jude branding

I’m a sucker for good branding and this St. Jude logo beaming down on the floor was a really nice touch.

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L to R: Tracy Martin & Wilfred Busby {Photo Credit: St. Jude}

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.

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Mi & D’Avalon

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.” D’Avalon, age 18

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.

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D’Avalon, Kelly Price & Wilfred Busby

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.

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Interviewing Kelly Price for St. Jude {Photo Credit: St. Jude}

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.

Stay tuned for more… Support St. Jude HERE. More about Kelly Price HERE

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Kelly Retweeted me!

HOW CAN YOU HELP? DONATE YOUR MONEY AND OR YOUR BLOOD!

 

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Your St. Jude Cutie

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Did you learn something new about St. Jude of Sickle Cell? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

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Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    I didn’t know September was sickle cell awareness month. Having been a blood donor for the past 20 years I know that the best way an individual can help fight sickle cell is to donate blood. Donations work better when people have similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and with the high indidence of sickle in the black community we need more donors of color. Give today. I. Save. Lives.

  2. Kemkem

    I have the trait, so can’t donate blood. I have a niece who is the hospital more often than not. It’s a dreadful disease and it’s so cool that St. Jude’s is around to help. Let’s hope people get out there and donate blood. That’s one way to help :-). That shrimp looked awesome , and don’t you look hot in your dress! 😉

  3. Adeola Naomi

    Great that you are using your platform for spreading the info on sickle cell disease.
    I will watch the interview with Kelly Price.

  4. Chrystal Rose

    What an incredible event! I’m so glad you had a great time while bringing awareness to such an important cause. BTW, you looks fabulous, too! I love that dress.

  5. CJ from Thirty30Courtney

    Looks like a fabulous event. Now that I’ve officially been in Dallas for a year, I am giving myself no more time for excuses as to why I don’t give back to the city more. I recently rejoined Urban League and am actively seeking a graduate chapter to be a member of. Great job.

  6. Tomiko

    I love Kelly Price and St Jude is awesome and I’ve gone to a few events in Memphis.

  7. Alli Smith

    I did learn something new about sickle cell. I’ve always heard the term and knew a little bit about it, but I now know a whole lot more. What a great event to raise awareness!

  8. Jacqui - @TradesofJacqui

    Such a great cause! My daughters friend was diagnosed with cancer last year. She was only 14. She just got to ring the bell after her final treatment and is currently cancer free. She’s excited for that, and of course, her hair growing back in :). Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jeanette

    I learned a lot about sickle cell anemia. I knew very little about it! Saint Jude is such a wonderful place for parents and children that are sick. That is the one place that I know I will always want to donate to.

  10. Paula Schuck

    I think it’s so important for everyone to be aware of Sickle Cell Anemia. It is a heinous disease, and one that I can’t imagine having.

  11. Jenn

    St Judes does so many good things for families. They help so many people. I have to say I know nothing about Sickle-cell. I learn something new all the time.

  12. James

    I know that St Jude does amazing work with children all over for so many different illnesses. I didn’t know exactly what sickle cell was but now I do. What a great event and organization.

  13. lisa

    I love the dress you’re wearing. I love St Jude and all that they do. This is a great cause.

  14. Sarah

    It is so great to spread awareness of this, I am sure few know much about it and it’s wonderful that we can use our blogging platforms for good!

  15. Vera Sweeney

    What an amazing event to attend!!! I love how everything is set up looks like a great evening for a great cause!

  16. Dee

    I have a friend I went to college with who has sickle disease and I have been witness to the pain it cause but also the courageous fight she puts on daily to have a normal life. Its has not stopped her for going after her dreams and every day I am inspired by her.

  17. Tiffany H

    So cool that you had the opportunity to interview Kelly Price, she seemed really down to earth. Shout to the divine 9 #zphib. Thank for explaining about Sickle Cell, always heard about but didn’t what the medical term was. Proud that the young man is on his way to college.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Tiffany she was so down to earth. I love meeting celebs like that. Ha, I love your shout out.
      Girl I didn’t get the medical terms either which is why I had to break it down. Very proud.

  18. Liz Mays

    Oh wow, it’s amazing that St. Jude helped D’Avalon so much. I didn’t know St. Jude had such a large Sickle Cell program.

  19. Pam Wattenbarger

    I had no idea that it was sickle cell awareness month. It is such an overlooked disease! My son in law works at a hospital so he knows several people with it.

  20. Joanae King

    I just love this cause, and I love that I get to watch you be a part of it even more.,💕

  21. Kasi

    Awesome recap, and what a great cause! The pictures and your captions definitely made me feel like I was there. Great interview with Kelly as well.

  22. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    Wow, you get to meet some amazing folks up there in Memphis. I always love hearing about your work with St. Jude!

  23. Lauren Gay

    Great event! I did not know that St. Jude was a leading treatment facility for sickle cell patients. And how cool you interviewed Kelly Price!

  24. Natalie

    It is so important to educate ourselves about how to help issues out there! While I have heard of sickle cell since I have dealt with anemia. I am not familiar with the differences nor know anyone with this type. So glad you are able to be a part of this!

  25. jennifer

    thank you for spreading awareness about this disease. st.jude does so much for so many people and i love how much you support them!

  26. Jamila

    Wow, I had no idea that September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, I don’t know anyone personally that has it, so I never fully understood what it was. I’m glad to see D’Avalon starting college as well.

  27. Jeanine

    St Jude is really, truly amazing. I’ll be honest I didn’t know much about Sickle Cell. So I read this, then googled a little bit. Thanks for bringing my attention to this cause.

  28. ricci

    Sickle Cell is truly a terrible disease! I take care of patients with it and they just break my heart. Thank you for helping to raise awareness about it on your blog!!

  29. Kendall Rayburn

    Love St.Jude, they do so many amazing things. And good for you for helping to bring awareness!

  30. Elle Em

    Your pictures really came out great. It was good to see you at the event. All the best!!!

  31. Chrishelle Ebner

    ST. Jude is an amazing institution. They do such great work for children. I am a nurse and have taken care of many sickle cell patients during exacerbation of their disease. It is heart breaking seeing someone suffer through the pain.

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