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Inspires Individuals with Sickle Cell

By Rosalind Vaughn

Kier “Junior” Spates

Son, Brother, Friend, Comedian are a few words to describe the man with the infectious smile known as Kier “Junior” Spates. He’s also a survivor, warrior, humble and one aspiring to greatness! When you hear him on the radio providing comic relief, EVERY MORNING on the Nationally Syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show”, listeners would never know the pain he’s feeling. He’s a Sickle Cell CHAMPION. Kier Spates, living life with Sickle Cell Disease!

Kier founded the Kier’s Hope Foundation, Incorporated to not only inspire and educate families affected by Sickle Cell disease but by his example, providing education programs, services, and funding resources. His message to the 150,000 Americans who live with Sickle Cell Disease, and the three million who carry the trait, “You are not alone in this fight. Kier’s Hope is here for your support. We are all bound by blood.” This year, the foundation will be hosting our annual “Junior Claus Christmas Celebration in Memphis, Tennessee in collaboration with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee and WRBO-FM Memphis!” Junior Claus is a holiday outreach program to provide meals for families, home needs and toy program for sickle cell affected children. Sickle Cell Disease puts an increasing financial and emotional strain on families during the holidays. Junior with his foundation, Kier’s Hope, wants to help manage the holiday stress with its assistance program. Together we are Working to Change the Shape of Sickle Cell Disease.”

December 21, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Hattiloo Theatre

The Next Big Thing

Junior is said to be “the next big thing in stand-up comedy.” This 2018 EMMY NOMINATED WRITER, Junior a native of Houston, Texas, has traveled the globe with legendary talents such as: The Queen of Soul, the late Aretha Franklin, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Anita Baker, and more. In 2005, he toured as one of the primary acts on the “Rickey Smiley and Friends Show.” Additionally, Junior has gone on military / United Service Organizations (USO) tours and visited college campuses

As an actor, Junior has had many on-screen television appearances. Also, he has traveled with several popular stage plays, including “Confessions” that starred Kelly Price, the late Gerald Levert and Tommy Ford.

Junior is truly a force to be reckoned with. So, when you think of this up and coming, stand up comedic great, please remember his belief that laughter doeth the heart good like medicine. And in the words of Junior: “This Just Got Serious”.

Junior is available for interviews, shows and speaking engagements for this event.

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