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NFL Wide Receiver Devard Darling Raises Sickle Cell Trait Awareness with the 2012 Darling Dash

21 Feb 12
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Devard Darling Media Contact:
Amy Malone, GIC Public Relations

As One Foundation Media Contact:
Tomia Austin, As One Foundation

NFL Wide Receiver Devard Darling Raises Sickle Cell Trait Awareness with the 2012 Darling Dash 5K & 1K Run/Walk

HOUSTON, TX – NFL wide receiver, Devard Darling host’s the 2012 Darling Dash 5k & 1k Run/Walk to benefit his non-profit foundation the As One Foundation. The Austin High alum turned NFL player started the organization in honor of his late twin brother, Devaughn to help young people unlock and unleash their full potential through athletics, education and spiritual enrichment.

The Darling Dash commemorates the annual anniversary of the death of Darling’s identical twin, Devaughn, who died during spring football practice at FSU in 2001. Both twins carry the sickle cell trait, which alone is no real threat to the 8% of Americans born with it, but coupled with physical rigor and lack of hydration, could be fatal – as it was for Devaughn.

Confirmed Participants: Devard Darling (Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland Raiders), Charlie Ward (former FSU Heisman-wining quarterback and NY Knicks guard), Chester Pitts (Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks), Jacquie Baly Chaumette (Sugar Land Mayor Pro Tem), Cherita Andrews (Biggest Loser contestant), and Stacey Darling (Video Model)

WHAT: 2ND Annual Darling Dash
WHEN: February 26, 2012, at 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: Sweet Water Country Club
4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land, TX

“Houston has been my home since I was a little boy,” said Darling. “Helping young people brings me joy and I know in my heart this is what Devaughn would want. We’re looking forward to building on the tremendous success we had last year so we can continue to provide scholarships for high school seniors.”

Media outlets interested in covering this event please contact GIC Public Relations.

* The official Darling Dash Afterparty will be held at the swanky Houston nightclub, Belvedere.