Shak’s Hope Foundation launches this Thursday

Shak’s Hope Foundation, improving quality of life

This Thursday the Family of Shakira Martin, the former Miss Universe who died of Sickle Cell in August, and the Sickle Cell Warriors of South Florida will officially launch the ‘Shak’s Hope’ foundation starting at 6 p.m. at Ginger Bay Café in Hollywood. The mission of Shak’s Hope is to increase awareness and to provide services to help improve the quality of life for those afflicted with the disease in Florida and Jamaica.

Martin was a “Sickler” who lived with yet thrived with the disease all of her life. In spite of numerous hospital visits and intense pain, she always lived life to the fullest. She competed and won the title of Miss Jamaica Universe and went on to compete in the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant in Brazil.

On the 29, Shak’s Hope’s Sickle Cell Warriors, under the guidance of Martin’s mother, Andrea Hall, will officially launch their #knowyourstatus campaign while raising funds for foundation programs.

“This was Shakira’s dream to help others be status conscious early so they could improve and manage their lifestyle,” said Hall. Healthcare assistants will be on hand to test all attendees interested for the Sickle Cell trait and Hall will be available for interviews. The public is encouraged to come out and meet other Sicklers and get tested.

Shak’s Hope, a 501(c)3 foundation, whose mission is to increase awareness about sickle cell anemia and provide services and help improve the quality of life for those afflicted with the disease, serves the Sickle Cell population in Florida and Jamaica. Through carefully crafted programs, their mission is designed to help show those with Sickle Cell how to live a full life, manage pain and conquer the disease in a way that limits suffering. For more information email [email protected] or visit


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