Each September, I try to think of ways to celebrate my birthday, which is at the end of the month.  A week or so ago, my Mary Kay representative made me aware of the Bold Lips for Sickle Cell campaign, and I knew I had to do it!

A few people that I love are affected by Sickle Cell Disease.  Some only carry the trait (which can still be painful), and for others, the diagnoses is more serious.

One such person affected by the disease is Jori Smith.

Jori is from Tuscaloosa and now attends Spelman College.  For some people, a sickle cell crisis can be extremely debilitating.  Yet, Jori continues to fight the disease while excelling academically. She is the epitome of strength and beauty. Her mother, Patrice Smith, is actually the person that told me about the Bold Lips for Sickle Cell campaign.  I was eager to jump on board.

Initially, I thought I'd change my social media profile pictures to show a bold lip each day.  Then, I thought that might be boring.  I wanted to make more of a statement.  So, I invited my sister friends to take part and add pictures of themselves rocking a bold lip! The response was quick and beautiful.

This month, Mary Kay is donating a portion of the proceeds from each lip color (lipstick or gloss) to sickle cell research! So, I'm thinking about getting a few more colors because 1) I like the way my lips look with color and 2) to support a worthy cause.

Should you decide to share a picture of yourself rocking bold lips, be sure to use the following hashtags: #TtownBLFSC, #SickOfIt and #BoldLipsforSickleCell.