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GARDEN 472 Eva Mack, Health Educator and Community Leader

Posted By Joshua Carisma, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

West Kendall District Park
11255 SW 157th Ave, Miami, FL 33196

I am dedicating this garden of blanket flowers to the life of Eva Mack. Mack was the first health specialist for the Palm Beach County Board, founded the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Palm Beach County in 1979, and in 1982 was the first African American to be elected mayor of the City of West Palm Beach. Though she has had many great accomplishments in her lifetime, it is the founding of the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Palm Beach County that I truly commemorate her with this garden.

Sickle cell disease is one of the biggest causes of death, affecting millions of people throughout the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that Sickle Cell Disease affects 90,000 to 100,000, occurs among one out of every 500 Black or African-American births and occurs among 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. A study also shows that black children with sickle cell disease in Florida has a much higher risk of dying than in other areas in the country. Though sickle cell disease is very common, it does not get much attention and consequently does not get much research funding. That is why I believe that there should be recognition and support for its research.

I have decided to create Eva Mack’s garden at a dog park because the few people I have encountered with sickle cell disease all have dogs and credit their companions for the quality of their lives.  It will be a reminder for those affected by sickle cell disease directly or indirectly the contribution of Eva Mack and the importance of continual efforts towards research.

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