4th Annual Charleston Match to Marrow 5K
DATE: 4/14/2018|Charleston, SC
Be The Match is proud to host the 4th Annual Charleston Match to Marrow 5K. This 5K race will take place on a USATF Certified 5K course!! This 5K Walk/Run unites communities across the Lowcountry of South Carolina in support of helping patients in need of a marrow transplant. With your support as a race participant and through individual/team fundraising, you help more patients afford transplant, add potential new marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, and make more life-saving research possible.
The Charleston Match to Marrow 5K Walk/Run event is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step to saving lives and register for the 5K today!
A MOMENT TO EXPERIENCE at the 2018 event- we will be hosting a donor/recipient meeting at the race. This meeting will bring together a bone marrow recipient and his life saving donor for their very first meeting.
Proceeds from this event benefit the life saving work of Be The Match.
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL: $20,000.00
Stories of Hope
When four-year-old Kyle was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, his parents, David and Angela, knew their donor search would be complicated by his half Caucasian and half Chinese ethnicity.
The family turned to the Be The Match registry and Kyle received his life-saving transplant.
For David and Angela, watching their son fight his illness, go through a bone marrow transplant and now be able to focus on his passion for fishing and playing with his little sister, Lily, has been an incredible journey.
Their experience came full circle when Kyle was able to meet his donor, Lt. Segundo. When they met, the Lieutenant was so moved by Kyle’s bravery that he gave the young boy his Purple Heart, earned during one of his three tours of duty in Iraq as a medic.
Today, the families stay in close contact – and even vacation together.
When Hadley was six months old, her mother, Ashlie, thought she had an ear infection and brought her to the hospital. She was admitted when tests revealed her platelet counts were dangerously low.
“Our baby girl was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia,” said Ashlie. “With those three words, our world came crashing down around us.”
Hadley received her life-saving transplant in April 2014.
After recovering from post-transplant complications including graft versus host disease, she was discharged from the hospital that summer.
Today, Hadley is a happy and healthy toddler who loves to play with her two older sisters.
Hadley and her family met her donor, Nick, in November 2016.
For Ashlie and her husband Brad, thanking Nick in person was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
“We are forever grateful to our donor angel,” she said. “We have called him that since the beginning because that’s what he truly is – our angel, our hero. He saved our family.”