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Melissa, April 2014; Jerome Elbacha and Family, 2017
Melissa, April 2014; Jerome Elbacha and Family, 2017

Finish Melissa's Walk

Welcome to the Team Page for Madison Middle School's 2nd annual "Finish Melissa's Walk." This walk-a-thon and concurrent bone marrow registry drive will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, on Madison's track (4930 Lake Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92056).

Finish Melissa's Walk is named to honor the memory of Melissa Lopez, a Madison student who lost her battle with leukemia in May, 2015. Melissa's wish was to be healthy enough to walk with her friends at their promotion ceremony, but sadly she passed away just days before. Melissa needed a bone marrow transplant, but a donor match was never found for her. See more of Melissa's story in this video:

This year's walk-a-thon will celebrate the journey of Jerome Elbacha, a student at Lake Elementary who was diagnosed with leukemia AML and is continuing to improve more than 50 days after his successful marrow transplant. Our 2017 event reflects the Lake and Madison "family" community--both Melissa's younger sister and Jerome's older brother are students at Madison! Read more about our event in this story that appeared in the March 4th San Diego Union-Tribune: 


We hope that by holding this walk-a-thon and bone marrow registry drive, we will help raise critical funds for patients like Melissa in need of a marrow transplant as well as add new potential marrow donors to the registry. Your gift can also assist patients with uninsured transplant costs and fund innovative research to improve transplant outcomes.

Did you know a marrow transplant can be a life-saving treatment for more than 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell? Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor and receive the transplant they need.

Please help us reach our fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible contribution. Your gift delivers cures to patients desperate for a second chance at life. Every dollar counts. Together, we can make a difference! 

Thank you!

All walk-a-thon participants who create a personal page and raise at least $10 in donations will earn a Be The Match bracelet*. Those participants who raise at least $25 in donations will earn a commemorative "Finish Melissa's Walk" reusable sports bottle*.

* While supplies last, to be handed out at our event.

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