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As One Foundation

The As One Foundation is the leading national organization providing Sickle Cell Trait education, awareness and advocacy.

The Darling Dash 5k is a memorial race to create awareness about Sickle Cell Trait as it marks the annual anniversary of Devaughn Darling death due to sickle cell trait exertion on February 26, 2001. Darling Dash proceeds fund the sickle cell trait awarness activies of the As One Foundation.

People get the "warm-and-fuzzies" when they learn that the As One Foundation got it's name from the fact that our founder's parents and doctors were not expecting twins when Devard and Devaughn Darling were born in Nassau, Bahamas. They were majorly surprised when two boys instead of one showed up as they had been hearing two hearts beating AS ONE. 

We hope you'll support this worthy cause by making the As One Foundation your Reason2Race.

Darling Dash Honey Bun Edition
 Anywhere you are!
March 31, 2021

Sickle Cell Trait literacy has become my personal passion. As a behavioral scientist, health educator & researcher, I also serve as Executive Director of the As One Foundation that was established to honor the memory of the founder, Devard Darling’s late identical twin brother, Devaughn, who died of sickle cell trait exertion also known as exertional sickling, while a student-athlete at Florida State University in 2001. I authored Operation Hydration – a sickle cell trait awareness program that promotes hydration as prevention of exertional sickling.

I have the privilege of serving everyday to insure Devaughn's death was not in vain. I believe ALL sickle cell trait external deaths are preventable.

The We Run AS ONE Virtual Race for Sickle Cell benefiting the As One Foundation is my Reason2Race.

Please donate to our cause $50, $100 or any other amount makes a difference! 

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