First NEA Sickle Cell Awareness Gala a success

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The first ever Northeast Arkansas Sickle Cell Awareness Gala was held in Jonesboro Saturday night.

Sickle cell disease is a hereditary blood disorder that causes chronic pain and can lead to stroke and kidney failure.

Event organizers Corey Mills and Tiffany Wright, who have sickle cell disease, hosted the event through their non-profit organizations, the Mills Foundation and Psalm 91 Foundation.

"We're getting out information to the public about sickle cell disease and the traits that are out in the community," Mills said.

"We want to bring awareness to the city. It's about raising funds so that we can give back to those patients who are suffering from this treacherous disease, and just to make sure that we let Jonesboro Arkansas and the entire Northeast Arkansas (area) know that we're here for support for those that need it," said Wright.

The event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn. The evening featured a silent auction, special presentations and live entertainment.

For more information about the advocacy efforts of Corey and Tiffany, visit wefightwewin.org.

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