Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) senior Roger Cook (far right) is raising money for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) Mobile Chapter as part of his Youth Leadership Mobile service project.
Cook’s efforts to raise sickle cell anemia awareness will kick-off at the Christmas benefit concert hosted by Joyful Noise, an ASMS student gospel choir/band, at the ASMS Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Admission to the benefit concert is free, but Joyful Noise is asking for any donations to put towards Cook’s service project.
“The reason why I chose sickle cell disease and awareness is because it has had an effect on a very close family member of mine,” Cook says. “It used to pain me to see my close family member in pain, and I know that there are many people and families that have been effected. I felt this would be an excellent opportunity to give.”
Youth Leadership Mobile is a program designed to identify and empower rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds who have the potential and interest in becoming trustees of their community. Cook will graduate from the program by the end of his senior year, May 2014.
Cook is actively involved in several clubs at ASMS and founded Joyful Noise in 2012.
“I started Joyful Noise because I had other students come up to me last year that had an interest in singing gospel music,” Cook says. “Since I had experience teaching, directing, and playing gospel music, I decided to get it started and make it happen.”
Those who can not attend the Christmas benefit concert this Sunday can visit the SCDAA Mobile Chapter website, scdmobile.org, to make a donation. Checks should be made out to Sickle Cell Disease Association of America-Mobile Chapter, Inc.
To learn more about Joyful Noise, visit www.asmsjn.weebly.com.