Sickle Cell Anemia is a disease that affects thousands of African Americans all across the country. Sickle Cell is hereditary and its traits are usually passed down through generations.

According to the "National Heart and Lung Institute", more than 2 million Americans have the sickle cell trait and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease occurs in 1 in every 500 African American births. While progress has been made over the years in fighting the disease through vaccines, its still a major health concern.

103.1 KISS-FM is teaming up with The Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association to co-host its 30th Annual Telethon on Saturday, January 17th live on KWKT FOX 44 from Noon until 5:00 pm. KISS-FM's Melz On The MIC will be hosting the event along with Rev. Israel Montgomery at The Killeen Civic And Conference Center, rooms 5 & 6.
 You are welcome to stop by the Conference Center on Saturday to donate or if you're in Temple, you can stop by Grace Temple Ministries at 801 South 13th Street where Bishop D.S. McBride and his congregation are also accepting donations.
You can also stop by KWKT-TV Studios in Waco at 8803 Woodway Drive or you can call in a pledge or send your donation through mail at the following:
KILLEEN - 254-501-6360
This is a great cause and it will help hundreds of families suffering from the disease in our area!