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5K event on Oct. 13 to ‘Stride for a Cure’ for sickle cell anemia

September 28, 2018

Anissa L. Riley, Director, Office of External Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine 5K event yard signMaking strides for a great cause is the focus of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine’s inaugural “Stride for a Cure” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13. Members of the campus and surrounding communities are invited to take strides to raise awareness of sickle cell disease.

Under the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs, a new Health and Wellness Initiative seeks to educate as well as offer opportunities to minimize high stress levels that veterinary students face while navigating through the curriculum and industry.

“Through the leadership and support of Dean Ruby L. Perry, our commitment is reflected in a modified curriculum, which includes topics such as stress management, time management and nutrition. As a complement, our faculty, staff and students have formed a committee that promotes a taste of wellness for the mind and body through monthly activities,” said Dr. Roslyn Casimir, associate dean for academic and student affairs.

The fall’s featured event is a 5K Run/Walk coordinated by Kheri Spence, who serves as the college’s director of student success and retention. The college decided to explore the opportunity for campus and community participation to increase awareness concerning sickle cell anemia and make a donation from the proceeds of the event to the Tuskegee branch of the Southeast Alabama Sickle Cell Association.

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, with the 5K race beginning promptly at 9 a.m. The route includes leaving from and returning to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Patterson Hall. Participants will be able to walk, jog, or run the 3.1-mile course, which will wind through the historic Tuskegee University campus. The route will be marked with directional signs, and course marshals will be present at every intersection to ensure safety. Prizes will be awarded to overall champions.

A rain date, if needed, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27.

For more information, including online registration, visit

About Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary medical professional program located on the campus of a historically black college or university in the United States. The college has educated more than 70 percent of the nation’s African-American veterinarian and received recognition as the most diverse of all 30 schools/colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. The college’s primary mission is to provide an environment that fosters a spirit of active, independent and self-directed learning, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, and leadership; and promotes teaching, research and service in veterinary medicine and related disciplines. Learn more at

About Southeast Alabama Sickle Cell Association Inc.

The Southeast Alabama Sickle Cell Association Inc. is a nonprofit organization supported by state funds and private donations. The association was established in 1974 and incorporated June 18, 1975, in Lee County, Alabama. It was established to provide services related to sickle cell anemia in Southeast Alabama. Its mission is to stimulate and develop awareness concerning sickle cell hemoglobinopathies, thereby promoting positive healthy attitudes concerning sickle cell testing, counseling and education. Learn more at

Veterinary medicine 5K event flyer

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