Be The Match Walk+Run

Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia.
April 12, 2014 9:00:51 AM PDT
Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia. For many, a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor might be their best or only hope of a cure.

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the "Be The Match Walk+Run" is raising funds to support marrow transplant research, help patients with uninsured treatment costs, and add more volunteer potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry. The race is bringing together marrow donors and transplant patients to show that the cure for blood cancer is in the hands of ordinary people.

The race is at Montrose Harbor in Chicago, and Esther Lee, whose six-year-old daughter Ava has leukemia and is searching for a marrow donor, and and Lauren Johnson, Be The Match Community Engagement Representative, joined us live from the site during our ABC 7 Eyewitness News Saturday Morning to tell us about the great cause.

You can get involved buy joining the Be The Match Registry as a potential marrow donor. You will need to meet age and health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Registration involves completing a health history form and giving a swab of cheek cells. You can also donate money.

2014 Be The Match Walk+Run Chicago

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30 a.m. - Event Village Opens
9:30 a.m. - Opening Program
9:45 a.m. - Tot Trot
10 a.m. - 5K
10:05 a.m. - 1K

Closing Program and Award Ceremony to immediately follow

Montrose Harbor - Grove 16
601 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Walk-up registrations will be accepted until 9:50 a.m.

Walk-up registration fees:

$35 5K and 1K Adult
$15 1K Youth (17 and younger)
$10 Tot Trot (children 5 and younger)

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