The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation will be expanding its annual 5K Walk for Life to the Northeast this fall. The Long Branch Walk will take place at Pier Village on Sunday, October 14, 2012.
The Walk will be the only event in New Jersey that is solely dedicated to raising awareness and funds for growing the worldwide bone marrow registry. It will be a morning filled with excitement and commemoration as we honor recipients and their respected donors, and as the community joins together to advocate and raise funds, in order to save thousands of lives.
Each year, 10,000 patients are diagnosed in the United States with a disease treatable with a bone marrow transplant, yet only half receive one. Gift of Life uses funds raised at its Walk for Life to add new donors to the worldwide bone marrow registry. Gift of Life’s vision is simple – A match. Anytime. Anywhere. For anyone.
The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation was established in 1991, when its founder, South Florida resident Jay Feinberg, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Four years after his diagnosis and 60,000 donors later in his search, the very last donor tested was his miracle match. Today, Jay remains committed to saving the lives of others by increasing the number of bone marrow donors in the worldwide registry. Gift of Life is a top international registry, with over 205,000 potential volunteer donors , and is responsible for facilitating more than 2,400 bone marrow transplants.
“I encourage all of the New Jersey community to come out and walk in honor of the courage and bravery of children and adults suffering from leukemia and other blood related diseases,” Feinberg commented. “We must help these patients receive a second chance at life.”
Registration for the Walk opens at 10 am with the welcome ceremony beginning at 10:30am. The Walk is a family friendly event featuring food, entertainment, and a chance drawing. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.giftoflife.org/walk4life. The pre-registration cost of this event is $25; children 12 and under are $10; Add $5 for day-of-event registration.