Dance vs. Disease
Student event to raise awareness and funds for Sickle Cell Anemia
Location: Carl Fields Center
Date/Time: 10/14/11 at 9:00 pm - 10/15/11 at 12:00 pm
The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students aims to assist minority communities with health-related services and educate the public on important health-related issues. Dance vs. Disease is an event aimed to raise funds and awareness for Sickle Cell Disease.
Sickle Cell Disease is a painful genetic disorder that majorly afflicts people of color. According to the Center for Disease Control, Sickle Cell trait occurs in 1 in 12 Blacks or African Americans; this means that one of 500 Black or African American births is afflicted with the disease. The sickle shape of the sufferers’ red blood cells causes immense pain that sometimes can only be alleviated by narcotics. This can lead to the sufferer facing many negative social stigmas. Oftentimes, patients are refused drugs for their pain, as health officials believe they are drug addicts. The presentation, treatment, and management of the disease are very important issue in our community.
Dance vs. Disease first aims to inform the public of the disease and correct any false social stigmas that surround it. As this disease mainly afflicts persons of color, this event seeks to inform others of an important Black and African American health issue and its impact on our community. It also aims to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey, an organization dedicated to assisting those with the disease through activism and research. We ask that you help fund this event to allow Princeton students to both learn about Sickle Cell Disease and give them a chance to give back to the greater New Jersey community.
The event will be held on Friday October 14th, 2011, from 9 pm to 12 am, at the Carl A. Fields Center on Princeton University's campus. There will be food, raffle tickets, and a talent showcase.
Co-sponsored by Projects Board and the Center for African American Studies
Department: Center for African American Studies