IF YOU’VE GOT THE TRAIT…CHECK YOUR MATE…is the message of the 3rd Annual Mo’ Than Jazz Sickle Cell Benefit concert hosted by Florida Avenue Baptist Church. Pro ceeds from the concert will benefit Faces of Our Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, support and funding for the fight against the sickle cell disease. Urban Jazz Harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet, performing for this benefit for the second year, and Ethiopian-born singer/songwriter Wayna will preview their new collaboration in hopes that their efforts will raise awareness of the inherited blood condition. Sickle cell anemia affects approximately 15% of African-American children. Another 2 million Americans, or 1 in 12 African Americans, and 1 in 16 Hispanic carry the sickle cell trait. The disease is most prevalent in the African-American community, though individuals of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Central and South American, and Asian Indian heritage can develop the disease.
In addition to a special appearance by 2009 Grammy nominated, Wayna, other performances include the Florida Avenue Baptist Church Adoration Choir. Immediately prior to the concert, patrons are invited to attend the sickle cell exihibit and reception at no additional cost.
About Florida Avenue Baptist Church
Celebrating its Centennial, Florida Avenue Baptist Church has served the greater Washington, DC community through its many Missions and Initiatives. Under its Health Initiative, the “Mo’ Than Jazz” music ministry helps Faces of Our Children increase awareness of sickle cell anemia.