Pedaling for Awareness: Young woman with sickle cell anemia embarks on epic bike ride from Tamale to Accra

The international day for Sickle Cell disease, observed on June 19th each year, is a day dedicated to raising awareness about sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that affects the shape of red blood cells, causing them to become rigid and sickle-shaped. This can lead to various complications such as pain crises, organ damage, and increased risk of infections.

On this day, organizations and individuals around the world come together to educate the public about sickle cell disease, advocate for better treatment and support for those affected by the condition, and promote research efforts to find a cure. It is also a day to celebrate the strength and resilience of individuals living with sickle cell disease and their families.

To mark this year’s celebration of the world’s Sickle Cell Day, Akua Baafuo, a young lady living with the disease, has decided to embark on a bicycle riding journey from Tamale to Accra, purposely to raise awareness, advocate for good treatment for victims and to also educate the general public as well as people living with the disease the best practices to adopt in order to be sustained longer.

On his part, public relations officer for Akua Baafuo Foundation, Samuel Nii Lamptey Kwee used the occasion to advice all people living sickle cell to adopt a healthy living styles and to take their medications regularly.

He also called on the general public to check their sickle cell status, advising against the demonization of people living with the disease.

Akua Baafuo is expected to use 10 days to complete the journey to mark this year’s celebration of the world’s Sickle Cell day.

By: Alhassan D Baba | | Ghana

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