2016 Walk Photos
Leon Nathaniel Rock
Leon Rock is a community development consultant. He serves as a Community Development Guru to many nonprofits, community development corporations, Historically Black Colleges (HBCU's), faith-based organizations, along with local, state and Federal government agencies. He works with many sickle cell organizations and serves as webmaster for the SOS Walk website.
For many years, the Washington metropolitan area sickle cell community voiced interest in having a walk, but no one group was able to coordinate it by themselves. In 2007, several community-based groups and medical institutions came together to sponsor and promote the 8th Annual Stomp Out Sickle Cell Walk.
Through the hard, unified work of several organizations, the First Annual Stomp Out Sickle Cell Walk was held on September 18, 2007. Over the years, over 1000 walkers have participated in this collaborative effort. We are excited to have our 10th annual walk this year, and for proceeds to benefit the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Faces of Our Children, Inc.
Marcus Hughes became active in Sickle Cell advocacy in 2007 when he began volunteering with Faces of Our Children, Inc. in the City of Danville, VA. Marcus now resides in Washington, D.C., attending classes at the University of the District of Columbia where he is currently working towards his bachelor’s in Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law. He is continuing his work with Faces by serving on the social media team for the SOSWalk.
SOS Walk Planning Committee
Barbara Harrison, Co-Chair
Barbara Harrison is a certified genetic counselor at Howard University/Hospital, and is a proud mother of two children. Through the SOS Walk, she hopes that the individuals with sickle cell community can find a voice and feel empowered to not hide in the shadows. The more that we know and understand about sickle cell disease, the more we as a community can support our sisters and brothers and encourage them to meet their full potential in both their careers and family life.
Britany Gatewood is currently a first year Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology at Howard University. Britany has served on the public relations committee for the SOS walk since 2015. She volunteers with various organizations in DC around activism, advocacy and social justice, therefore, bringing awareness to the marginalized sick cell community has been a great fit.
President and Founder
Faces of Our Children, Inc.
Mr. Donald Cash, founder, and his wife Vivian have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren, none of which have the trait or the disease. Mr. Cash is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Minority Coalition, NAACP Region VII National Board of Directors and former Vice Chair for the National Board, Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His passion and dedication is a testament to his honesty and sincerity about FOOC mission, and his willingness to work tirelessly toward helping many people by spreading the word and distributing information to his many supporters. His message is simple: Know Your Status… Get Tested!The mission of the SOS Walk is simple, it is to increase awareness of sickle cell disease and raise money through various fun-filled activities that also encourage healthy lifestyles. Proceeds from the SOS Walk will benefit the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Faces of Our Children, Inc.
Syreeta Jones is a meetings manager for the American Institute of Biological Sciences a non-profit in Reston, VA. She is a patient with sickle cell who has been volunteering with SOS since 2012. She is a proud mom of two boys and wife who is dedicated to helping people with sickle cell. She is a soccer mom but in her spare time,
she enjoys traveling, movies, bowling and reading.
Angela Mason, Co-Chair
Angela Mason is the community outreach coordinator at Howard UniversityCenter for Sickle Cell Disease. She serves as a liaison and sits on the advisory board for Faces of Our Children, Inc. Angela and is one of the original coordinators of the Stomp out Sickle Cell Walk. She says her goal for the Walk is to bring awareness about the disease to others by creating an environment where people of all ethnicities will benefit from the importance about getting tested for sickle cell trait and to learn their status. It is her hope, that one-day resources and support will be adequately available for children and their families who are still coping with this painful disease.
Roslynn Garvin is a charter member of the Top Ladies of Distinction, (TLOD) Inc. Prince George's County Chapter. She has served as the chapter's Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Chair since its chartering on August 30, 2009, with a goal to assist, support, and educate in an effort to provide those affected with the disease the tools to improve their quality of life.