Triad Be The Match 5K
DATE: 4/6/2019 | Oak Ridge, NC
We are excited to host the second annual Triad Be The Match 5K to
unite our community 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.
The Triad Be The Match 5K is an event for people of all ages
and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering today.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL: $25,000.00
Stories of Hope
On December 23, 2016 our
lives changed forever when my husband, Jeff, was originally diagnosed with
essential thrombocythemia (ET). We were originally told he would take a chemo
pill to keep his platelets (which presented over 2 million) and control it, just
as he does with his insulin shots throughout the day for Type 1 Diabetes. Then
our lives changed in an instant, when only two months into the diagnosis, the
chemo pill was not doing it’s job. Jeff’s diagnosis was changed to MPN/MDS
overlap syndrome. Another concern was his test results showed new concerns
about the progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and the only cure for MDS
and to stop the progression to AML would be a stem cell transplant.
Once we were told Jeff’s sister wasn’t a match,
we were put in contact with Be The Match. We were blessed with a 10 of 10 HLA
match. We know others that have not been as lucky and are encouraging everyone
that is able, to please register to be a donor through Be The Match!
On 8/4/17 Jeff received his life saving cells! All we knew at the time
is that he was a 21 year old male! Fast forward to September 2018 when we
received and email that told us EXACTLY who this young man was. This is our
ANGEL on Earth! We waited a couple of days before contacting him because we
weren't sure the best way or what to say. We have since spoken and can not wait
until April 6, 2019, when we will meet the man that saved my husband. We are
and will ALWAYS be grateful to him for saving Jeff's life!
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.”