About 80 runners were expected to participate in Sango Pharmacy’s 2nd annual Full Moon 5K, an event that benefits Be The Match, an organization that is working to save the lives of patients battling leukemia and other blood cancers.
“This is our second Full Moon 5K,” said Catherine Meeks, owner of Sango Pharmacy. “Again this year all of the proceeds will go to Be The Match. They help match people who need bone marrow transplants with donors.”
“People may register at the event. They will do a DNA cheek swab and then that information will be entered into a national registry. Hopefully, someone registering at the event will be a match for someone currently in need of a donor.”
Two transplant recipients were at this year’s 5K: Mark Wright and Alan Edmundson, who drove from Ohio to attend the event.
The evening was split into two events: the 1-mile walk/fun run and then the Full Moon 5K. Meeks and her team worked to get everyone registered and ready to race.
“We are proud to be supporting this cause,” Meeks said. “There are more than 100,000 people in the United States who are on the registry and actively waiting for a donor match right now.”
The goal of Be The Match is to save lives through cellular therapy, and the mission is to deliver cures for blood cancers with bone marrow or cord blood transplants. According to its website, every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.
More information may be found at www.bethematch.org
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