UPDATED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:00pm
Waco, Texas — The Central Texas Sickle Cell Association, in partnership with Remax, is offering you a chance to win $25,000 this upcoming weekend. The organization is looking to raise funds to help with their operating budget after a setback earlier this year.
"We've been trying for the last 31 years to educate our entire community," said Reverend Eugene Carter, Executive Director of the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association.
Carter has worked for more than three decades as the Executive Director of the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association.
Sickle cell is a disease that causes red blood cells to form a sickle shape, which can lead to the cells breaking and causing other health complications.
"It's very deadly," said Carter.
Carter says more than 500 people in the area have sickle cell disease, and, that's not counting hundreds that could have the trait due to heredity.
"We're finding out almost every week, somebody comes to us or somebody calls us. We've had three calls this week to ask for information because they've just been diagnosed," said Carter.
Each year, the association works to help people in an eight county area from a budget of about $75,000.
"That is to help with testing and with education. The education is basically what we do," said Carter.
The money for the budget comes solely from donations, like the annual telethon held in January. Unfortunately, this year's telethon fell $35,000 short of the projected $50,000 they anticipated.
"We've been struggling ever since trying to generate monies to recoup that which we lost," said Carter.
So, this Saturday a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser will be held with proceeds to benefit the Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association. For just $10, you could enter to win $25,000. The Remax World Long Drive Qualification begins at noon on Saturday at the Tee Box Golf Center, located at 777 Service Road Highway 190, Nolanville, TX. The Helicopter Golf Ball Drop takes place during the golf qualification.