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VIP’s Supporting Sickle Cell

Name: VIP’s Supporting Sickle Cell
Date: September 21, 2012
Location: The Conrad Chicago

Former NFL linebacker and founder of the Lydia W. Smith Foundation and J. Zemar Premium Brand, Robert Mackey III, will be hosting a red carpet VIP event to raise awareness for Sickle-Cell Anemia, at the Conrad Chicago; to benefit the SCDAI-Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois.

The Conrad Chicago will be hosting VIP’s Supporting Sickle Cell will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, from 9pm-12am. There will be an exclusive rooftop cocktail dinner, meet and greet and silent auction with live band. Tickets for this event are pre-sale only, to purchase tickets you can Go to Eventbrite:http://vipssupportingsicklecell.eventbrite.com/

The Lydia W. Smith Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide financial relief for patients will sickle cell anemia. The foundation focuses mainly on providing insurance to patients for a 12 month period. Also, the foundation will provide relief to patients with needs such as household bills, like mortgage, rent, utilities, groceries, etc. with grants through SCDAI, the Sickle Cell Disease Assoc. of Illinois.

The foundation understands the needs of patients, because Founder Robert L. Mackey’s mother Lydia W. Smith is living with the disease and he and his siblings are living with the trait. 18 years ago, Robert’s mom was diagnosed & given 7 years to live and also was told by the doctor if she made it pass those 7, she wouldn’t live to see 50. She’s 56 years old now.

So to commerate the life of his mom & other survivors the ticket price for this event is $56.00. Sickle Cell Anemia maybe one of the least funded diseases and The LWS Foundation will do its part in providing awareness, education and relief.

Written by Chris Foltz

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