Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade
The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. proudly participated in the annual Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta December 2016 Christmas parade along the streets of midtown Atlanta!
Our Foundation Poster Child Eliezer “Manny” Washington and WSB Actions News Channel 2 News Reporter Tom Jones were a dynamic duo as they rode in the back seat of a classic antique car and waved to parade goers. Also on hand and holding a large Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. sign following behind the our Poster Child and New Reporter’s chauffeured car, were Foundation staffers Natasha Cook, Certified Health Worker and Maria White Tillman, Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist. And even more excitement following the sign were the Tri Cities High School Marching Band!
It was a fun Saturday morning filled with floats, cartoon characters, large balloons in the sky, marching bands and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus who closed out the parade with their big smiles and great cheer for everyone!
See you at the parade in 2017!
Did you know that these celebrities have the Sickle Cell Disease or carry the Sickle Cell Trait?
Read on to learn more.
Tiki Barber is a former football running back for the New York Giants. After retiring from the NFL in 2006, he was formally introduced as a correspondent for NBC’s the Today Show and Sunday Night Football. He is an author having written two personal books and eight children’s books with his twin brother Ronde. He is also an advocate for Sickle Cell Awareness and spearheads a national campaign called Be Sickle Smart: Ask Tiki About Iron. Tiki Barber has Sickle Cell disease.
Ryan Clark is a former football safety in the NFL. He has played for the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Clark is a carrier of the sickle cell trait and has launched Ryan Clark’s Cure League, which brings awareness to the disease. Ryan Clark has Sickle Cell trait.
Prodigy is a rapper, author, and one-half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. He was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at 3 months old. To deal with the disease, he has taken a natural approach by eating healthy and drinking plenty of water. In 2011, he released an autobiography titled “My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy”, which also details his struggles with sickle cell. Currently, he promotes the importance of a healthy diet, spiritual enrichment, and living a positive, productive lifestyle. Prodigy has Sickle Cell disease.
Kiki Shepard is a television host, film, and voice-over actress. She is best known for her years as a co-host on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” from 1987 to 2002. Outside of the entertainment business, Ms. Shepard is also a philanthropist actively raising awareness for Sickle Cell Disease since she carries the sickle cell trait and has lost a friend to the disease. She is the founder and executive director of the K.I.S. Foundation, which strives to improve the social health and quality of life for patients and families diagnosed with the Sickle Cell Disease. Kiki Shepard has Sickle Cell trait.
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is a singer, dancer, actress, author, songwriter, and a member of one of the most successful girl groups in history, TLC. As a child, she was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia and was told that she would not be able to have children or live past her 30s. But, T-Boz has beat the odds and is the proud mother to her daughter, Chase. In 1996, she went public with her struggle with Sickle Cell Anemia and later became a spokeswoman for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. In recent years, she has hosted a charity concert called T-Boz and Friends Unplugged which helps to bring awareness and raises funds for the Sickle Cell Foundation Support Group. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has Sickle Cell disease.
An NFL player and carrier of sickle cell trait, Santonio was inspired to launch his own foundation when his son, TJ, was born with sickle cell disease. The III and Long Foundation raises money to fund sickle cell research and provide help to families affected by SCD in other ways, as well. Santonio Holmes has Sickle Cell trait.