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October 20, 2005 – Texas Children’s Hospital
By Laura Frnka
Known for being an impeccable dresser among his colleagues at Texas Children’s Sickle Cell Center, Dr. Gladstone Airewele has appropriately been named as a ‘Man of Style’ for the 2005 Let the Fashions Begin Inc. gala. The event, now in its 10th year, raises money and awareness for sickle cell disease.
Airewele, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist with Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service, will be honored at the annual gala Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Westin Galleria in Houston. Airewele is among 14 gentlemen who have been named “Men of Style” – men in the Houston community who have shown a sense of fashion savvy and dedication to community service. Airewele joins the likes of Jonathan Zadock, owner of Zadock Jewelers; Dr. Leroy Sterling, heart specialist with Heart Associates of Texas; and Ronald Green, council member for the City of Houston as “men of style.”
“Dr. Airewele is perfect for this distinction,” said Dr. Brigitta Mueller, director of Texas Children’s Sickle Cell Center. “Dr. Airewele is passionate about improving the lives of children with sickle cell disease and is vested in finding a cure for this often debilitating disease that affects more than 7000 Texans. I am proud that he is representing Texas Children’s Hospital in this capacity.”
Sponsored by Let the Fashion Begin Inc., Mercedes Benz Sugar Land, Lucho’s and Borris L. Miles Insurance, proceeds from the event will fund research at Texas Children’s Sickle Cell Center.
Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 Americans, primarily African-Americans and Hispanics. Sickle cell disease damages red blood cells causing them to change from a smooth, round shape into a “sickle” shape. These abnormal blood cells can get “stuck” in the blood vessels and keep blood from reaching parts of the body, which can cause damage to internal organs. People who suffer from sickle cell disease may experience severe pain crises and life-threatening infections and are at risk for strokes.
Texas Children’s Sickle Cell Center offers comprehensive family centered care for children with sickle cell disease. The center provides treatment for all aspects of sickle cell disease, offering patient care, access to research studies, education, screening and counseling for patients and their families. Serving nearly 500 children each year, the program is one of the largest in the country.