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This team is a celebration of two important parts of my life: donating blood stem cells to help a leukemia patient and a men's fitness, fellowship, and faith (and really so much more) organization I'm involved with called F3.
Three years ago (at the height of my involvement in F3) I had the opportunity to donate blood stem cells to Joe, a leukemia patient, I knew nothing about. I donated peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) which I was selfishly glad about because I got to return to my exercise routine with F3 the next day. While I was donating I saw patients receiving transfusions and it made my donation process a little easier as I saw what they were enduring and my hope was that I could help one of them.
Fast forward a year and Joe and I agreed to exchange contact information. And here's where it got crazy. All I knew for a year was I donated to a male who lived somewhere in North America. I found out my recipient was a CPA like me. Lived in the same town I grew up in. Went to a church my parents know attended. Was close friends of the pastor at the church, whose daughter went to school with me from elementary school through high school. The connections were unbelievable! We finally met each other and our families in person on Easter in an incredible experience.
After becoming active with F3 again I looked to see if Be The Match had a race nearby I could participate in. Seeing only six locations I didn't hold out much hope, but included in the list was Charlotte! Another incredible coincidence.
This group is a celebration of what has happened in my life and Joe's life through my donation and a way to give back to Be The Match.
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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.