Ypsilanti Community School Jazz Event Includes A Wellness Factor With Free Sickle Cell Testing

Jul 17, 2017

It's said music has healing powers, and, later this month, the Ypsilanti Community Schools is having a special event intended to both entertain and improve the health of the community.  

We spoke with YCS superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, CEO and Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/Michigan Chapter, about the upcoming "Jazz in the Parking Lot" event.   

It's planned for July 28th featuring the music of John E. Lawrence and the Power Band, and there will also be free sickle cell testing available that night.

Dr. Whitten-Shurney says 1 in 10 African-American men have the Sickle Cell trait, and it's important to know who carries the gene and how to deal with the symptoms of Sickle Cell disease.  

Dr. Edmondson and Dr. Whitten-Shurney both have the trait and want to dispel the myths about Sickle Cell disease and give back to the community.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu