MIAMI GARDENS — The Miami-Dade County Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will host its 32nd annual Walk/Run at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens.

The 100 Black Men of South Florida and the Miami Dolphins have partnered with the organization for this event whose theme is “Voices of Progress – Redefining Sickle Cell Disease.”

Residents can support the Walk/Run  by becoming a partner in the fight against sickle cell disease, pre-registering online at www.sicklecellmiami.org, collecting tax-deductible donations from other supporters and taking part in the Walk/Run.

The association is also looking for volunteers on the day of the event. Students will receive community service hours for participating. 

Immediately following the Walk/Run, health screenings and a Battle of the Drum Lines competition among several high school bands will be held.

A statement from the association said the events are offered to encourage health and wellness for the entire family and a uniting of the whole community, while increasing awareness and raising funds for research and assistance to individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease.

 Incentives for participating include prizes for top individual winners in a variety of age groups, male and female, top organization, church fraternity, sorority, school and civic group.

Sickle cell disease, also known as sickle cell anemia, is a genetic disorder in which red blood cells take on the shape of a sickle, making circulation difficult and painful and can sometimes be fatal.

In cooperation with the University of Miami Sickle Cell Center on the Jackson Memorial Hospital campus, the association reaches out to help all individuals and families affected by the disease in Miami-Dade.

“The 2011 Walk/Run is about improving the quality of life for people with sickle cell disease,” said Dr. Astrid Mack, a spokesman for the association. “SCDAA invites you to join with us in making this event a successful one.”

For more information on the organization, visit www.SickleCellMiami.org