Los Angeles RRT Helps at Long Beach “2017 Be the Match” Walk and Run
Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, “Be the Match” works every day to save lives through transplant. The organization is currently the world’s leader in bone-marrow transplantation research and has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. “Heroes for the Cause” and “Be the One to Save a Life…” The bright array of T-shirts bearing these spirited slogans stood out in the sun, highlighting the seemingly endless line of people running for their cause. These participants sprinted along the path lining the wide stretch of beach, with the look of determination and persistence to win.
On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, RRT Los Angeles started the day by setting up their banners from 7:45 am until 9:00 am. The RRT Volunteers then spent hours in contact with those whose lives have been irrevocably affected by leukemia; many of them either survivors or relatives of loved ones with the illness or lost to the illness.
With a consistent supply of water and encouragement, they ensured that the contestants remained hydrated and motivated throughout the day, enabling them to reach the finish line in victory. “Thank you for being here today and encouraging us!” These words from one grateful runner were echoed in a similar manner by many others.
The appreciation expressed by many of those involved was a very rewarding experience – said one RRT volunteer, “Although this is a non-profit organization, our reward is the genuine gratitude expressed both verbally and non-verbally by everyone that was met and supported – that is our payment; and it is sufficient.”