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2018 Be The Match Walk+Run - Philadelphia

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Team Beard Runner is back for our 5th year! We are excited to join Be The Match for the Walk/Run in Philadelphia again in 2018! As many of you know, I am the recipient of a life saving Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT). I am here today because of the love and support from friends, family, generous strangers & Be The Match!

In June of 2013, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Our daughters were 5 & 2 years old and my wife Monica was 7 months pregnant with our son. We met with an Oncologist at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center and I was admitted to begin treatment. During my treatment, it was explained to me that due to the aggressive nature of my cancer, a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) would be my only chance of a “cure”. That meant a match would have to be found. Be The Match was able to find that match!


God has blessed our family through our journey with cancer. Because of these blessings, we now have a platform and a responsibility to do everything we can to help and offer hope to those who are in the midst of their fight. Partnering with Be The Match is a significant way we do that.

Will you please consider joining Team Beard Runner by making a donation or signing up for the registry? This annual event helps Be The Match to raise awareness and crucial funds for patients in need of a life saving transplant.  

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Thank you & God Bless!



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Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.

Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, need a marrow transplant to survive. Most patients don’t have a fully matched donor in their family — and that’s when they turn to Be The Match®. By participating in a Be The Match Walk+Run, or donating funds, you are providing life-saving support to those patients in need. Join the fight.

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