3rd Annual Charleston Match to Marrow 5K
DATE: 3/25/2017|Charleston, SC
**Please note: this race is USATF certified and part of the Charleston Running Club Grand Prix!
Be The Match is proud to host the 3rd Annual Charleston Match to Marrow 5K. 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 2017 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
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.