Education * Awareness * Prevention
About World Sickle Cell Day/Juneteenth Celebration:
The 19th of June is the official World Sickle Cell Day and Juneteenth anniversary; the day when slavery ended in Texas and the day designated to bring awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. On the first Saturday in June all organizations celebrating Juneteenth and World Sickle Cell Day come together for a Flag Raising Ceremony to kick off the celebration and to honor the 186,000 Colored Troops who fought and died for freedom during the Civil War as well as to honor the men and women currently serving in the Military that continue to fight for our freedom.
This one-hour ceremony includes members of our military, past and current, speakers, the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, the singing of the National Anthem and the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice accompanied by a Trumpeter. A reception will follow to dine on the official Juneteenth desert, Tea Cakes.
Maroon 9 Sickle Cell Support Organization celebrates World Sickle Cell Day/Juneteenth during the 3rd weekend of June for three days. Day one is a free outdoor community celebration and concert at the beautiful Fort Worth Water Gardens in Downtown Fort Worth. Day two is a Freedom Fest Comedy Show hosted by a celebrity with ties to Sickle Cell Disease. Day three is a project for the homeless community, Shoes 2 Heal held at Community Christian Church. Shoes 2 Heal is an event to provide the homeless community with shoes, resources, and food.
The celebration kicks-off Saturday, 4:00pm -10:00pm at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The celebration includes local performers and dancers, speakers, bands, give-a-ways, Sickle Cell information, a kid fun zone, food, vendors and so much more.
The comedy show includes jokes, jazz, Juneteenth history and Sickle Cell information. This hilarious family friendly comedy show also includes a delicious brunch and give-a-ways.
Closing out the World Sickle Cell Day/Juneteenth Celebration is the Shoes 2 Heal event, a project for the homeless held at Community Christian Church. Shoes 2 Heal is another way we give back by providing shoes, food and resources to the less fortunate. Music is played as we hang out and socialize with our homeless community.
All these family friendly events are full of information, expression, entertainment and something for everyone to enjoy. This three-day community wide celebration provides a great opportunity to bring awareness to Sickle Cell Disease and Juneteenth during the observance of Juneteenth and World Sickle Cell Day in America and around the world. Fort Worth coming together for a Juneteenth/World Sickle Cell celebration is just the initiative Maroon 9 takes to bring diverse nationalities and communities together. Each year attendance increases at all three events and we have a record number of people out to enjoy the fellowship, festivities, fun and community unity to gain more awareness of Sickle Cell Disease.
About the Sickle Cell Walk & Community Health Fair:
A community health fair and walk to bring the community together during September which is Sickle Cell awareness month; to create awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and to remember those that have passed away from Sickle Cell Disease. Maroon 9 hosts this family friendly event at a local Fort Worth park that gets the community involved in the Sickle Cell fight, teaches Sickle Cell patients and their families healthy ways to live longer through exercise and creative nutritious food preparation and good eating habits. A corporate prayer and memorial balloon lift-off will be held in memory of those loved ones that have passed away from Sickle Cell Disease. The event includes health and wellness information, a 3 mile sickle cell walk along the park trail, Fort Worth Fire and Rescue Fire Truck, Bounce House, snow cones and food vendors, free give-a-ways, music, entertainment and more.
About the Sickle Cell Scholarship Banquet:
Having Sickle Cell Disease or caring for someone with Sickle Cell Disease can be financially debilitating. Living with the disease makes it difficult to work and causes stress when needing to financially support your family. For a child whose parent has Sickle Cell Disease the burden of being unable to participate in school events with fees such as the school prom or having a dream of seeking higher education such as college for some can be more of a wish instead of a dream come true.
Maroon 9 Sickle Cell Support Organization hosts its Annual Sickle Cell Scholarship Banquet and Prom Give-away to esteemed guests and students in support of those living with Sickle Cell Disease. The banquet is an opportunity to heighten the awareness and knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease and to provide disadvantage children and low-income families with free prom outfits and gift certificates to attend their school prom.
Hematology & Oncology Annual Christmas Toy Drive & Christmas Party:
A special day to celebrate Christmas is set aside for the Hematology and Oncology patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center. In December , Maroon 9 Sickle Cell Support Organization partners with the Hematology and Oncology Department at Cook Children’s Medical Center for a Winter Wonderland Christmas Party for patients to be held at The Fort Worth Museum of Science, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
The museum opens their doors from 10:00am to 12:00 Noon for wonderfully brave children to enjoy Christmas before Christmas. In a North Pole setting, there will be fun games, face painting, balloon making, museum tours, crafts and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, their Elves and even the Reindeer. A fantastic day is planned for these children who often times are hospitalized during the holiday season.
To make this day even more special Maroon 9 collects unwrapped toys and gifts for the children from businesses, individuals and organizations from November 1st thru December 1st to be given to the children that attend the Christmas party on December 2nd. A courier drops off a decorative Christmas Donation box October 30th or 31st at locations for anyone to drop in a new, unwrapped gift for a child of any age, boy or girl. Since Cook Children’s Medical Center cares for Hematology and Oncology patients until the age of 21 years old, we include gift cards or gifts for our young adult patients. The toys are displayed for the children to select from after they visit with Santa Claus at the party.