Michigan Marrow Walk
DATE: 8/9/2014|Shelby Township, MI
Be The Match North Central is excited to host The Michigan Marrow 5K Walk that unites communities across Michigan in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With your support in fundraising as an individual or team, you help more patients afford transplant, add potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, and make more life-saving research possible.
Michigan Marrow Walk is a 5K walk event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering for the Michigan Marrow Walk.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.
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HELP US REACH OUR GOAL: $50,000.00
Shortly after his first birthday, Chrissy brought her son, Alex, to the doctor. Chrissy was concerned because Alex's fever wouldn't go down and she had noticed some of his lymph nodes were enlarged. The diagnosis felt unbelievable—Alex had a rare form of leukemia.
Little Alex went through three rounds of in-patient chemotherapy. Meanwhile, Chrissy and her husband, Ron, debated whether or not Alex should have a bone marrow transplant. After a month of weighing the options, they decided to move forward with the transplant.
Like 70% of people who need a marrow transplant, Alex did not have a matching donor in his family and had to rely on the Be The Match Registry to find a donor.
Within weeks, Alex found his match. He received his transplant on October 18, 2010.
The road to recovery had its ups and downs, but today Alex is a full-haired, happy, healthy 4-year-old and Chrissy and Ron are thankful for the marrow transplant that saved their son's life.
In the spring of 2008, five-year-old Mychaela was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Prior to her diagnosis, she had a lot of red dots (petechiae) and bruising on her body. When blood test results came back, her parents were told her to bring her to the hospital immediately because her platelet counts were so very low.
Mychaela underwent several stays in the ICU, 29 platelet infusions and 18 hemoglobin transfusions. Through it all, she remained strong and told her mom not to worry because she was going to be just fine.
Without a bone marrow donor match in her family, Mychaela's doctors turned to the Be The Match Registry and found her a perfect 10 out of 10 match! Mychaela had her transplant in March of 2009.
Mychaela is now 11 and in the sixth grade. Although she still struggles with some GVHD (graft versus host disease) she always says, "I am living and that is what's important right now."