“Be The Match” bone marrow drive
CREVECOEUR, MO (KPLR) – Every year 12,000 patients are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia. A bone marrow transplant is their best hope for a cure.
Veronica Stevenson is battling Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She explained to Christine Buck why bone marrow is so important, and why African American donors are especially important.
The “Be The Match” walk and run raises funds to support marrow transplant research, to help with patients with uninsured treatment costs and hopefully add more donors to the Be The Match registry
Veronica had a marrow transplant in 2006, using her brother’s cells, but in 2009 Veronica learned that the cancer had returned.
Now, with chemo and radiation treatments proving ineffective, Veronica’s only hope is an unrelated marrow donor.
Like most African Americans, she was completely unaware of the critical need for more African American donors, and is spending her time sharing the need with everyone she knows, while she continues to search for her own donor.
Join a community transplanting hope. Help patients with blood cancers take the next step toward a life-saving marrow transplant by taking a few of your own. To register, fundraise, volunteer or support a runner or walker with a contribution, visit www.BeTheMatchWalkRun.org/StLouis .
Be The Match Run & Walk
Saturday, September 7
Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park
Tremayne Shelter (Sailboat Cove)
13725 Marine Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63146
The Be The Match Walk+Run is a fun and moving event that allows our passionate community to come together to help provide cures for blood cancers. The event is filled with music, food, kids activities, local entertainment and most importantly, the company of others who are raising funds to provide cures.
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