SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Its mission is to engage, educate, empower and ignite the community to improve the quality of life for people affected by Sickle Cell Disease.

This month, Tapestry Connections is hosting several events to raise money and awareness in the fight against the sickle cell.

Dr. Deloris Mitchell is the founder and executive director of the organization.

She describes the disease as a genetic blood disorder that is hereditary and passed down from parents to children, predominantly affecting African American communities.

Tapestry Connections will be partnering with several other local organizations to host a blood drive for sickle cell warriors due to the lack of blood available for those carrying the disease.

The blood drive will take place in the Savannah Civic Center’s Mason Room located at 310 Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, Ga. 31401 on Friday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The organization is also joining forces with Top Ladies of Distinction to host the Third Annual “Ride for the Cure” of Sickle Cell Disease in memory of Dr. Mitchell’s brother, Pete Stevens.

The event takes place Saturday, September 23 at the Riceboro Youth Center on Coastal Highway.
The entry fee is $10.
Registration begins at 8:30 AM. The ride lineup begins at 10.
For more information, call: 912.766.0213