The Spring Hill Neighborhood Association hosted a Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Event and Butterfly Release Ceremony Feb. 19 at the Spring Hill Community Garden located at 501 S. Delaware Ave in DeLand. 

Longtime resident and community activist Brenda Cusack, who lost her 39-year-old son, Charles Allen Cusack III, to complications caused by sickle cell anemia in 2017, spoke at the event.

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