Michigan Marrow Walk & Fun Run
DATE: 8/19/2017Hines Park - Nankin Mills, Westland, MI
Be The Match North Central is excited to host the 2017 Michigan Marrow 5K 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 & Fun Run is an event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering for the Michigan Marrow 5K.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.
VOLUNTEERS! We need volunteers for the planning committee (meeting in the months leading up to the event) and for event day activities. Interested or want to learn more? Sign up HERE!
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL: $30,000.00
Stories of Hope
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 this 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.
When Stella was 8-years-old, she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors said she needed a bone marrow transplant right away, but like most patients, she did not have a matching donor in her family. Because of her mixed heritage, there was a 2% chance of Stella finding an unrelated donor.
Fortunately, Travis, a 29-year-old man from Colorado, had joined the Be The Match RegistryŽ -- 10 years prior. Travis was Stella’s best hope for a cure.
After months of tests, treatment, and preparation, Stella finally received her bone marrow transplant.