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2018 Be The Match Walk+Run - Chicago

Blood cancer has met its match. Join the fight.
Blood cancer has met its match. Join the fight.

Austin's Army

 

Our team, Austin's Army, is participating in this year's Be The Match Walk+Run because it’s crucial to join the fight against blood cancer. Join us in helping raise funds to save more patients’ lives!

We'd like you to join us by either making a financial gift or by being a member of our team and helping us reach our fundraising goal. If anything, please suppot the cause in being a marrow or PBSC donor by signing up through the registry at www.bethematch.org. It only take one to save a life!!

We will be walking in honor of Austin Barker, who has survived the fight of lymphoplasmacytic leukemia with the help of myself, Mackinzie Dircks. I joined the registry at the age of 20, not knowing that only 2 years later I would be saving Austin, 17yrs old at the time, and making a friend for life. As of the end of February, Austin had celebrated 6 years being cancer free.

Unfortunately, on March 14th, Austin passed away due to a viral infection along with other complications. This news has been absolutely devastating to everyone that knew him. Even though we never got the chance to meet, I will always remember his loving heart and personality from our conversations. This will not stop me from fighting for the lives of others that are going through the same thing that he went through.

 

The money we raise will:

  • Add volunteer marrow donors to the registry
  • Assist patients with transplant costs such as hospital stays, exams and prescriptions
  • Fund groundbreaking research to provide a cure for more patients

Please support us and together we can show blood cancer it has met its match.

Thank you!

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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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