Welcome to the 5K 2017 RUN/WALK FOR SICKLE CELL benefiting the Mark Thomas Foundation.

What is the Marc Thomas Foundation?
The Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation that began with Marc and his wife has now outreached to over 150,000. Their efforts has greatly impacted families and individuals challenged with sickle cell disease.  His legacy of championing for families suffering from the debilitating disease continues.

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle cell disease is an inherited life-threatening blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. These sickled cells carry less oxygen to parts
of the body and when these misshaped cells are clumped together causes pain crisis. It affects African  Americans, Hispanics, Greeks, Italians, 
East Indians, Saudi Arabians, Asians, Syrians, Turks, Cypriots, Sicilians, Caucasians, and others. Sickle cell disease is quietly devastating. Its 
symptoms can occur in any part of the body. Persons with the disease extremely vulnerable to infections. They may also suffer from jaundice 
deterioration of joints, kidney infections, recurrent severe pain episodes, strokes, blindness and a shortened life expectancy. Sickle cell disease 
can lead to other ailments. These include strokes, kidney and liver problems. There is no cure.

Sickle cell trait means having one gene for a condition called sickle cell disease (SCD). This in itself does not normally cause problems and sickle cell trait is not considered as a disease. It is extremely rare for it to cause problems or complications, which mainly occur under conditions of severe physical stress. Sickle cell trait is important because your children can inherit the sickle cell gene. If BOTH parents have sickle cell trait, their children could get a double dose of the sickle cell gene, which would give them the serious condition called SCD. This is relevant if you are pregnant or wanting to start a family.

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