Sickle cell awareness raised in walk around R.L. Norris track
By Linda Green

Ready, set, walk. Participants of a sickle cell awareness walk Saturday, Sept. 23, set off as a group behind the sign for a half-revolution around the R.L. Norris track before disbursing to walk individually at their own pace. By the end of the morning, nearly 100 walkers stepped onto the track to walk a lap or a mile in honor of Ronny Moss.
Ronny LaQuain Moss died in 2012 from complications from Sickle Cell disease that went undetected his entire life.
Friends, the Moss and Norris family, and the community celebrated his life Saturday, Sept. 23, with the first Sickle Cell Awareness Walk and fundraiser at the R. L. Norris Track on Harrison Road in Thomson.
“He inspired not only me, but many of us to take up his fight,” said organizer Chris Norris. “Through his death, we fight to give life. His death impacted the lives of many and continues until this day.”
From 8 a.m. to noon, nearly 100 people, at different times of the morning, stepped onto the track to walk a lap or a mile in Moss’ honor. The refrain was that Moss had a big heart and was loved across Thomson and beyond.
Norris said Moss died abruptly at age 32 and there was uncertainty as to the cause. “We found out he died from having a sickle cell crisis. It was unknown and unaware.”
Norris, family and friends decided to band together to raise awareness about sickle cell, which is prominent in African-Americans.
“We want to educate the community more about sickle cell disease,” Norris said. “We wanted to do something to make the community more aware of the disease and the importance of being checked for the trait,” he said.
Norris and those “warriors” with him seek to increase understanding and relay information regarding testing and the medical assistance and care needed.
“What we want to do through Sickle Cell Thomson is to establish a foundation that will help people receive the medical coverage and assistance needed if diagnosed with sickle cell,” he said. “That is the intent of this walk as well. We want to begin to raise money for a foundation.”
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