Compiled by Josh Barker

Preserve Our Legacy held it’s annual fundraiser Wednesday at Sofrito in Harlem. This year’s honorees were New York City Councilman Andy King, Local 371 President Anthony Wells, Local 420 President Carmen Charles, Jennifer Jones-Austin of the New York City Board of Corrections and George Hulse of HealthFirst. Guest Speakers include New York Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright and Dr. Edgar O. Mandevil. Sickle cell patient, 11-year old Carmelo “DJ Mello” Brathwaite served as the DJ for the event.

Preserve Our Legacy educates individuals, especially those from various ethnic groups, about the benefits of stem cells and the treatment options they provide through bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells and cord blood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickle cell describes a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People with sickle cell disease have abnormal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, in their red blood cells.

Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. The condition occurs in approximately 1 out of every 500 Black or African-American births and approximately 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births.