At its March 13 meeting, the Greenbelt City Council presented a letter to Brian and Camille Butler, recognizing their work in raising awareness of sickle cell trait in the community and supporting the Journey to Health Fitness and Awareness Fair to be held Sunday, March 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Presented by the Journey to Happiness Movement, Inc., the fair is co-sponsored by the City of Greenbelt and the ERHS basketball team. Admission is free.
The Journey to Health Movement (J2HM) was established by the Butlers in memory of their daughter, Journey Bessai Butler, who died in July of last year from renal medullary carcinoma, a rare cancer associated with the sickle cell trait. The mission of J2HM is to educate society about the health concerns associated with the sickle cell trait, many of which are unrecognized and unknown. Its goal is to ensure that people are aware of the risks of being a sickle cell trait carrier and to increase the numbers being screened for the trait, as well as educating those already diagnosed.
The Journey to Health Fitness and Awareness Fair will be hosted by WPGC’s Guy Lambert. On the entertainment side, it is family-friendly and includes music, games, raffles and performances by the Greenbelt Sity Stars, #TGP, hip-hop dancers and the ERHS cheerleaders.