James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation 13th Annual Walk

James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation Announces 13th Annual Walk


Columbia, S.C., August 1, 2018— On September 8, 2018, the Foundation will host the 13th Annual James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk. One of Columbia’s most notable figures, Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr., retired Optometrist and South Carolina State Conference NAACP President Emeritus, has served as a former member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and has worked as a longtime advocate and supporter of the James R. Clark Foundation.  The James R. Clark Foundation is very appreciative of Dr. Randolph’s past support and anticipate a wonderful 13th year annual walk event.  This is an opportunity to honor children, adults and families living with sickle cell disease and raise money for the James R. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund. Our 2017 walk featured Coach Willie Washington, Benedict College Athletic Director’ as our 2017 Walk Ambassador. We are thankful for Coach Washington’s support as we pass the torch to Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr.


This year’s event will begin in the William F. O’Neal Gymnasium at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1300 Pine St., located in the heart of the Historic Waverly Community in Columbia.


Schedule of events:

  • On-site registration: 7:30 a.m.
  • Kick-off ceremony: 8:00 a.m.
  • Two-mile walk: 8:30 a.m.


The theme, “Breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle One Step at a Time” continues the legacy of the late Dr. James R. Clark, who was a trailblazer in improving medical treatment for sickle cell patients, as well as educating people about prevention of this chronic illness. Although more prevalent among people of ethnic ancestry, the illness afflicts all groups and races.

The registration fee is $15 per person and includes a commemorative T-shirt. All proceeds provide educational awards to college-bound high school graduates and enrolled college students living with sickle cell disease. For more information, call 803-765-9916 or visit www.jamesrclarksicklecell.org.