Help Us End Sports-Related Sickle Cell Deaths
Our Founder and President, Devard Darling, is asking for your help to increase awareness concerning overexertion and sports-related deaths due to sickle cell trait.
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.

Free High School Sickle Cell Tests
Kourtni Livingston, 14; Karson Cross, 14; Olivier Louis, 15; Jamelle Johnson, 11; Jamel S. Foster, 17; Bobby Stephens Jr., 12; Isaiah Laurencin, 16...and counting...

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?
GIVE: $10 = 1 TEST
Why Give to Support the As One Foundation?
We appreciate your support and thought you'd like to know how we put your donations to work here at the As One Foundation. Rest assured, your generosity is changing lives by funding great work!
Training material and testing kits for the Operation Hydration training program
Water fillers for school and community athletic programs
General operating expenses of the As One Foundation
Annual Darling Dash 5K/1K operating expenses
Tuition, living expenses, books and fees for yearly Scholarship recipients 
Supplies for outreach efforts like Bahamas storm recovery
Why I Give...
We asked some of our supporters to share why they give their time and donations to support The As One Foundation... Robert Lopez is a regular Darling Dash 5K participant and this is why he gives...
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