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Lauryn's Run battles sickle cell anemia

A fundraiser, fun run and 5K are planned for 8 a.m. Saturday at 1669 Hamilton Mill Parkway in Dacula, to assist the family of a young girl who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant for sickle cell anemia.

The girl, Lauryn Clinkscale, 10, underwent the bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with the genetic blood disorder caused by an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Until more recent years, there was no cure, however new stem cell research has found bone marrow transplants to be successful.

Money raised from Saturday's fundraiser will go to help the Clinkscale family offset costs as well as going toward further research for sickle cell anemia, according to event organizer Gretchen Childs.

"Though the family does have health insurance, the out-of-pocket expenses have been very high," Childs said.

She said that about 300 runners have registered so far, but there is still plenty of room for more.

Those wishing to race or support the event should show up by 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration is $20 for the fun run and $25 for the 5K.

For more information, visit www.laurynsrun.com