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If you ask the average person about sickle cell disease, it is likely that he or she won’t be able to tell you much. This is why Kier “Junior” Spates of the Steve Harvey Morning Show wants to raise awareness about the disease and encourage people to want to learn more.

Spates has recently been announced as the national celebrity ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) Through this relationship, the two parties are determined to show the nation why those living with sickle cell disease need attention and support. The disease primarily affects those of African descent.

SCDAA has been at the forefront of improving the quality of life for those affected by sickle cell disease and related conditions for 41 years. It is the only member-based nonprofit working full-time, and on a national level, to provide consistent research and advocacy surrounding sickle cell disease and traits.

Although Spates himself is living with sickle cell disease, he has not allowed that stop him from spreading laughter and compiling an impressive resume in the process. The attention-grabbing comedian has performed all over the country. In addition to being a regular on the syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, he recently toured as a member of the ensemble for the Hinton Battle stage play, “Love Lies.”

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