KiKi Shepard brings awareness to Sickle Cell Disease with Celebrity Bowling Challenge event

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By EurWeb

How can you have fun, give back to the community and support a great cause all at the same time?  It’s simple!

KiKi Shepard and The K.I.S Foundation host its 12th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge to ‘raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease’ on Saturday September 26, 2015.

The night of fun and charity will be held at PINZ Entertainment Center 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA, 91604.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with celebrity bowlers, sponsors and supporters walking the Red carpet and playing a 2-game bowling tournament at 8pm. There will be on-site bone marrow registration, opportunity drawings, awards, surprise entertainment, food and a variety of event goodies.

“As we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the “Celebrity Bowling Challenge”, I remain extremely grateful to our amazing supporters. It takes a village to make a difference in the lives of many.  The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. is proud to be a part of that global village.  We remain committed to educating the public about SCD, and are dedicated to improving the social health and quality of life for SCD patients and families here in Southern California. That is exactly what the Celebrity Bowling Challenge does and has done, year after year,” says Founder KiKi Shepard.

Raising awareness for Sickle Cell has always been a personal mission for KiKi Shepard (Actress/ Host of “It’s Showtime at The Apollo”) since she discovered she carries the SCD trait and lost a close friend to this crippling disease. KiKi, her celebrity friends, and corporate supporters will bowl-a-strike to raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and the need to get tested NOW!

About Sickle Cell Disease

  • Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited, non-contagious, red blood cell disorder, present at birth
  • 1 in 13 African American babies are born with the Sickle Cell trait every year
  • More than 3 million people suffer from Sickle Cell related illnesses
  • Symptoms include severe pain, extreme fatigue, swelling of limbs, anemia, difficulty walking or standing, and can affect vision and other parts of the body.
  • Currently the only cure found for SCD is the bone marrow transplant
  • There is no universal cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Confirmed and invited celebrities lending their support in the charitable event include: James Pickens Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy), Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), Rocky Carroll (NCIS), Super Bowl/Dancing with the Stars Champion Donald DriverJussie Smollett and Derek Luke (EMPIRE), Devon Franklin, Megan GoodAldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Dondre’ T. Whitfield (Real Husbands of Hollywood),  Jenifer LewisMarsai Martin, Marcus Scribner & Yara Shahidi (cast of Black’ish), Lisa Vidal, Aaron Spears, BJ Britt and Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane), Richard and Tina LawsonWendell James, Harold Bell, Joshua Whitley and Rodney Van Johnson(cast of Raising Whitley), Pooch Hall (Ray Donovan), Mekhi Pfifer (House of Lies), Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses), Bresha Webb (Truth Be Told), Elise Neal (Hollywood Divas), Tonya Banks (Little Women LA), Affion Crockett, Jackee’, Arjay Smith, Damion Hall (GUY),Wesley Jonathon (The Soul Man), Alimi Ballard (The Catch, CSI), Chris Spencer and JB Smoove (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Tamala Jones (Castle), Eugene Byrd (Bones), Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood), Daphne Wayans, Shanica Knowles, John Salley (retired NBA),Paula Jai White (Hollywood Divas), Tank (Born Again Virgin), The ZENO Family (BRAVO’s The People’s Couch), Keith Robinson(Dreamgirls) and comedian Michael Colyar.
Chairman of the Board, Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway says, “The K.I.S.Foundation has been supporting the Los Angeles Sickle Cell community for almost 10 years.  As a board member, the newly appointed Chairman of The Board, and a person that has been directly affected by Sickle Cell, I encourage everyone to support us in our efforts as we try to make a difference in the lives of those affected.”

 

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