If you are looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself while helping others, then sign up for the Be The Match Walk/Run. The event is held by the Be The Match Foundation, which is an organization that is dedicated to helping those who are in need of an umbilical cord blood or bone marrow transplant, and it is scheduled to start at the town square in Sugar Land on September 13.
Why Should I Donate to Be the Match?
Thousands of patients each year need umbilical cord blood or bone marrow from a donor, but not everyone has a compatible donor available. Be The Match has created the Be The Match Registry, which lists potential donors who are available to help those in need. It is also a part of the Be The Match Foundation, which focuses on providing funds for patients who need umbilical cord blood or marrow transplants. Each donation can help patients pay for their medical visits, meals while they are in the hospital and prescription medications. The funds raised during Be the Match Run/Walk can even help patients pay for temporary housing while they are receiving their transplants.
How It Works
You can register for the Be The Match Walk/Run at any time, and on-site registration is available for your convenience. You can sign-up as an individual or as a team, and you can register for the:
- 5K or 1K Adult
- 1K Youth
- Tot Trot
There is no fundraising minimum, but prizes are awarded for those who raise the most money for the organization. While you can add your name to the list of donors for the Be The Match Registry, you are not required to do so in order to participate in the event.
How Can I Help?
If you would like to support Be The Match, sign up as a participant at this year’s Be The Match Walk/Run. You can set a fundraising goal, and you can rely on family, friends and social media contacts to help you reach that goal. If you are unable to participate in the event, you can fill out a contributor form for someone who is participating. You can even submit a matching gift for the money that you have raised, and you can start the process to add your name to the Be The Match Registry.
If you have a loved one who has suffered from leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, then you know how devastating it can be. Be The Match is focused on helping these patients get the support they need to make this difficult time less stressful and each donation makes a difference. With the help of the Be The Match Walk/Run, those who need umbilical cord blood or marrow transplants can get the assistance they need to live a happier, healthier life.