UT Black Student Union to raise money for sickle cell disease awareness

November 7, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Lindsay Mahaney

The University of Toledo’s Black Student Union will be going back to the mid-2000s at its fundraising event this week.

wild-n-outThe Black Student Union will host “Wild ‘n Out,” a philanthropy comedy show based on MTV’s “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out,” Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

Tickets are being sold for $2 at the Ask Rocky counter in the Student Union and must be picked up prior to the show. Free refreshments will be included.

All proceeds will be donated to Neighborhood Health Association’s Sickle Cell Project of Northwest Ohio, an organization that provides support, assistance and education to those affected by the disease.

Two teams will perform in five comedy games, similar to the MTV show. Additionally, a student rapper will perform, and there will be a presentation about sickle cell disease, said Tiffany Fulford, vice president of the Black Student Union.

“We chose the Neighborhood Health Association’s Sickle Cell Project of Northwest Ohio because sickle cell is a disease that primarily affects African Americans,” she said. “We wanted to help raise funds for the awareness of this disease that typically affects the black community.”

Sickle cell is an inherited, lifelong blood disease that causes pain and potential damage to the organs due to the presence of abnormal hemoglobin in red blood cells.

For more information, contact Fulford at tiffany.fulford@rockets.utoledo.edu.

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