In 2001 Devard Darling lost his twin brother, Devaughn, while attending and playing football at Florida State University.
Many people can't imagine the heartache of losing a sibling, let alone a twin.
Devard began the As One Foundation with the intention of celebrating his brother's life and honoring his legacy.
“It’s not everyday you meet a young man like Devaughn, ask anyone who knew him…teachers, friends, family… He was more then just a beast on the field; he was passionate, kind, generous, goal-oriented, humble, tenderhearted, quick to forgive, quick to tell you if you weren’t acting right. He was very outgoing and fun; he was a friend to everyone he met. Just an outstanding human being. And I miss him.”– Devard Darling, Founder and President
He also wanted to do everything he could to help save other families from experiencing the same pain from something that is so preventable.
Your support helps reach more people with Operation Hydration, our signature training program that allows us to teach student athletes, coaches, training staff and parents about sickle cell trait awareness, hydration and prevention of sports-related deaths.
We firmly believe that sickle cell trait is not a "death sentence" and that sports-related deaths are preventable with education and awareness.
Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) can kill. It takes the lives of young athletes every year.
A simple blood test along with supplimental SCT education for coaches & student-athlets can prevent these deaths.
Risk factors for death include exertion, dehydration and low oxygen. Hydration is important for ALL people - especially those with SCT who are athletes.
SCT is a genetic trait that can be found in people of African, Indian, Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, Turkish, Italian and Greek descent.
So, it doesn't just effect African-Americans.
The majority of the 4 million people in the U.S. with SCT don't even know they have it.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) mandates SCT testing for all student-athletes. But, high-schoolers have died due to exertion & dehydration complicated by SCT and need to be tested early.
Research says student-athletes don't mind the SCT testing. They also want the much needed SCT education.
OPERATION HYDRATION - a SCT education program -is set to offer FREE SCT testing to high schools this Fall. All it takes is $10 within ten minutes for a student-athlete to know his/her SCT status. How many student-athletes will you cover?