About the March for Marrow Los Angeles Initiative
March for Marrow LA 5K Run and Patient & Family Walk events were started in 2010 by a group of patients and families in Los Angeles that are living with bone marrow failure diseases or who have lost a loved one to these rare diseases. Bone marrow failure diseases affect the production of healthy red or white blood cells or platelets:
- Red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues and organs
- White blood cells help fight disease and infections
- Platelets help blood clot to stop bleeding
If the bone marrow “factory” breaks down and fails to keep up with the body’s needs for the production of healthy blood cells, the result is called bone marrow failure. Aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) are bone marrow failure diseases.Today there are several treatments to prolong life and March for Marrow events seek to educate the public about the important work that the Aplastic Anemia MDS International Foundation does to inform and educate patients, family members and medical professionals about these diseases, their symptoms and resources available to them. Please visit www.AAMDS.org.
The 5K Runs and Walks, which take place every year in approximately fifteen different communities across the country, are also fundraising and community building events where patients and their supporters come together to compete at raising as much money as they can for the patient & family services offered free-of-charge by the Foundation as well as to celebrate and remember their wins and their losses and to walk and run for a CURE!
To date we have been able to raise $400,000 for the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc. over the past eight years through our events in Los Angeles. Thank you for your support! Now let’s MARCH together to find a CURE!
Founding Committee: Ruth and Neil Cuadra, Stephanie and Bill Hamm, Candy Stoutenborough, Nina Van Nostrand and Sheila Wilkerson
2018 Planning Committee: Laurie Beverage, Kim Connolly, Ruth and Neil Cuadra, Heidi Etchegoyen, Stephanie and Bill Hamm, Donna Lambe, Shahana Larson, Kathy Madden, Maggie O’Neil, Gus Quinonez, Camilla and Rick Ricci, Steve Springer and Courtney White.
(If you are interested in joining our planning group please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to have you on our team!)
March for marrow la
5K Run & Walk
April 28, 2018
Register to RUN or WALK
Think about creating a TEAM
Set a fundraising GOAL
RECRUIT your family & friends
MARCH with us to find a CURE!