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Another inspiring year as Darling Dash presenting sponsor

Written By: Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians | Updated: January 15, 2020
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Team UT Physicians at the 2019 Darling Dash. (Photo by Dwight Andrews, McGovern Medical School)

For the fourth consecutive year, UT Physicians Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center is returning as the presenting sponsor of the As One Foundation’s 10th annual Darling Dash.

“Having the opportunity to return each year as the presenting sponsor of the Darling Dash is something that is truly cherished not only by our clinic, but our organization as a whole,” said Adrienne Finley, MPH, MS and senior practice manager of the UT Physicians Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. “Being the only family comprehensive sickle cell center in the Greater Houston area, partnering with the As One Foundation for this event makes perfect sense as our overall goals are the same. We are both committed to raising awareness and advancing treatment options for sickle cell disease.”

Devard Darling, former Houston Texan, created the As One Foundation in memory of his identical twin brother, Devaughn, whose death was related to his sickle cell trait. The race will help fund As One Foundation’s Operation Hydration. The program helps to educate and create awareness of the connection between dehydration, sickle cell disease and sports-related deaths.

The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Stude Park in the Houston Heights. Participants can choose to run or walk a 1k, 5k or 10k, to commemorate the 10th anniversary. For those who cannot make the event but would still like to join in, virtual participation is also an option.

Registration is currently open through race day. Entry prices range from $25 to $40, depending on the race selection.

The 2020 Darling Dash will mark the anniversary of Devaugn Darling’s death at 18 due to dehydration and exhaustion during football practice.

About UT Physicians Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

UT Physicians Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center offers outpatient services for individuals with sickle cell disease. The center has an infusion suite, transcranial doppler ultrasonography, pediatric pulmonary services, adult cardiology and dental services and accepts same-day visits and urgent walk-ins. Subspecialists, social services and behavioral health services have all been added to the center for a holistic approach to patient care. The unique facility, located at 1200 Binz Street, Suite 850, is the only family comprehensive sickle cell center in Houston. For more information, visit UTPhysicians.com/sicklecellcenter. UT Physicians is the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). For an appointment, call 713-486-5660.

About As One Foundation

The mission of As One Foundation is to educate and increase awareness of sickle cell trait while encouraging youth to achieve their dreams in the face of life’s challenges. On Feb. 26, 2001, Devaughn Darling lost his life due to sickle cell disease coupled with exhaustion during spring football practice at Florida State University. His identical twin brother, Devard Darling, persevered after the tragedy. He became an NFL star, but his most noteworthy accomplishment was founding As One Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring Devaughn’s life while elevating awareness of sickle cell trait.

As the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians has locations across the Greater Houston area to serve the community. To schedule an appointment, call 888-4UT-DOCS.