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Students raise money for sickle cell foundation

October 1, 2003

Valdosta - ShaKira Statum looks like a typical, fourth grade student. But she suffers from sickle cell anemia, and can't do many things that her classmates can. "I have to have blood transfusions every four to six weeks and get really sick easy," said ShaKira.

ShaKira's classmates at Parker Mathis Elementary wanted to help out, so they spent the month of September raising money for Sickle Cell of Valdosta. "We have hat day, break a rule day, we sold snow cones," said Camille Lewis, Fundraiser Organizer.

Their goal of $500.00 was reached the first week, and by the end of the month, that amount had tripled. "We raised a total of $1750.00," said Lewis.

Wednesday they were rewarded for their selfless deeds with prizes, games, and best of all, teacher torture. The teachers who organized the fundraiser had to dress up like clowns.

Not only was the fundraiser a way to raise money, it also helped spread awareness on the Sickle Cell disease. "It makes you really sick and tired, and your blood count isn't normal," said Bailey Redish, Fourth Grader.

And along the way, they even learned a few life lessons. "By doing this, you're not only helping yourself, you're helping others too," said Redish.

The sickle cell fundraiser was such a success, the school is planning another event. They'll hold a blood drive in ShaKira's honor on November 21st.

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