New Haven residents walk to fight sickle cell disease

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–At East Rock park in New Haven, they came out to walk and run because they care. Pia Green is here to support Taiana Jones, who suffers from sickle cell disease.

“[It’s] my first year here, I’m very excited,” Green said.

This is the 25th year of this event, and things have changed a lot over the years. Today there are hundreds of runners and walkers taking part.

Gary Smart, who’s on the Sickle Cell Disease Board of Directors, has been a part of this walk since the very beginning. He says the money raised here is critical.

“We’re building a larger infrastructure now, which really is critical with this particular walk, especially since we’re opening up a new home for sickle cell patients in New Haven that will serve patients in New Haven and Fairfield Counties.”

As always, this year’s walk brought out sororities, fraternities and civic groups. Everyone here to help and support people like Earlene Pemberton, who suffers from sickle cell.

“It’s hard, but I can manage it,” she said.

People working together to help fight a disease that affects thousands of lives.

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