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Louis Lipps in South Side August 26 signing autographs to benefit Sickle Cell


August 23, 2011

@Former Pittsburgh Steeler Louis Lipps will be signing autographs at a fundraiser for The Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. (CSCF) on August 26 from 9-11 p.m. at the Jaggerbush Bar and Grill, corner of 23rd and Jane streets.

A portion of the sales that night will benefit CSCF. The evening will feature prizes, specials and more. Fees collected for autographs will be donated to CSCF also.

@Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that decreases the blood's ability to deliver life-giving oxygen to the body. This disease affects millions of people in the United States alone. While the disease primarily affects people of color, the gene that causes sickle cell disease can be found in all ethnicities. Sickle cell disease was once thought to be a childhood disease because rarely did a child live to adulthood. Even now, the life expectancy is 42 for males and 48 for females.

In 2007, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark — who has sickle cell trait — became almost deathly ill after playing in Denver's mile-high altitude. He was rushed to the hospital after the game and had his spleen and gallbladder removed and lost 30 pounds. When the team returned to Denver two years later, Clark did not play.

As the leading killer among college football players since 2000, 21 non-traumatic deaths in college football in the past 11 years, nine have come from complications from sickle cell — more than heatstroke, cardiac issues or any other cause. Since 2000, 17 athletes have died from complications of sickle cell trait.

The mission of the Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. is to provide social, educational and economic support for children with SCD and their families.

For more information call the Jaggerbush Bar and Grill at 412-431-JAGG (5244) or visit  


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