The Central Texas Sickle Cell Anemia Association is celebrating 30 years of service to people who suffer from sickle cell anemia with two performances in Killeen and Waco.

A musical celebration known as “Central Texas Best — Part I & Part II,” is free and features musical groups, singers, mime teams, praise teams and praise dancers from across Central Texas.

The first event is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rivers of Living Waters in Killeen. The second event is at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Waco.

“We have great talent available in the Central Texas area and the Killeen and Fort Hood area,” said Gene Carter, executive director of the association. “Women of Praise from Comanche Chapel of Fort Hood (will perform and) they are outstanding.”

Carter said the association works with children and adults and school counselors to educate them about symptoms of the genetic blood disorder.

Carter said residents can expect singing from choirs and soloists, music from quartets as well as entertainment from a mime.

“We have been ... providing services such as educational awareness information, referrals to doctors, hospitals and clinics and helping clients with applications for social security and disability,” said Carter, adding September is National Sickle Cell Anemia Month.

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