Shakeyma Irving

Congratulations to Shakeyma Irving, a former JRC Poster Child who recently graduated from Bates-Burg Leesville High School. Shaykeyma is headed to Winthrop University this fall. We are so proud of Shakeyma and her wonderful parents, Karen and Melvin Irving, who have donated numerous hours to the cause of sickle cell disease.

Jefferson Awards honoree champions push for sickle cell awareness

By Judi Gatson


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Yvonne Donald always thought she would be a teacher.
These days, she's more of a crusader who educates everyone who will listen about sickle cell disease.

“The pain with sickle cell disease is real,” Yvonne said. “It's prevalent and it's persistent.” During presentations, you can hear Yvonne's passion for erasing the stigma of the painful, debilitating disease and replacing it with facts.

“One of the biggest myths is that it's isolated only to the African-American community,” Yvonne said. “Sickle cell disease can strike any ethnicity including Caucasians."

Under her leadership, the annual Sickle Cell Walk has grown every year while raising money and awareness. As Deputy Director of the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, this is more than just a job for Yvonne. It's her ministry and she's determined to make sure others understand it, too.

Kharlybia Roane

Kharlybia Roane is 17 years old and the daughter of Peggie Funny-Roane and Cedric Roane. She is a rising senior at Dreher High School and she is also an aspiring model. Kharlybia was selected by Designer Luis Machicao to walk for him in the 2013 Columbia Style Week Grand Finale that was on June 15, 2013. He was very impressed with Kharlybia and invited her to walk for him in New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week in September. A week after CSW, Kharlybia competed in the Modeling Association of America International 53rd Annual Showcase in Miami Beach, Florida June 20-24, 2013 and was awarded the Model of the Year and also received two talent-based scholarships for acting: $10,000 from the NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and $10, 00 from The NY Film Academy.