News 2’s Larry Flowers to be grand marshal for annual Sickle Cell 5K

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Our very own Larry Flowers will be this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal for the annual Sickle Cell 5K in Nashville.

The event is in its fifth year and was established to raise awareness about sickle cell disease as well as funds for patient care, social services, and research.

Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin.Walking with the Stars 5K

Treatment of complications often includes antibiotics, pain management, intravenous fluids, blood transfusion, and surgery, all backed by psychosocial support

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit individuals living with sickle cell.

The race begins June 4 at 8 a.m. at the entrance to Shelby Park located at Shelby Avenue and South 20th Street in East Nashville.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. It costs $25 when you register early, $30 when you register on race day, and the kids one-mile fun run costs $10.

Click here to learn more about the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee.

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