On Saturday, October 1, 2016, in Roosevelt Island, NY, It started out as a typical October day in New York City. At 6:30am, it’s 57 degrees, foggy and misty, a perfect day for a run. At least 6 people every hour die from Blood Cancers like Leukemia & Lymphoma so that’s why The Be The Match Walk / Run raises money.

Setting up the RRT Tent for the Event

In 2015 alone, the Be The Match Patient Assistance Program provided $3.4 million to 2,000 families. The BTM “helps patients receive the care and treatment they need for a second chance at life.” Blood Cancer patients have three barriers; affording the transplant, finding a matching marrow donor for transplant and developing complications that can keep the transplant from happening.

Assembling Barricades for the Routes

As the volunteers approached the event village site which sits at the bottom of the 59th Street bridge, the rumble of the never-ending NY traffic above sets the tone for the energy that the day will bring. The Be-The-Match personnel had once again been successful in recruiting an amazing group of volunteers including; local high school students, personnel from the Avon Foundation, 40+ volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), personnel from the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and many others that were interested in supporting the great cause that Be-The-Match represents.

The RRT Refreshment Tent

By 8:30am the entire Be-The-Match village is set up and ready for the fun to begin. The stage is set, the DJ fires up the music, the refreshment tent is hosted by the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), stocked with water bottles, bananas & energy bars, everything that you need to sustain a 5K run.

Setting up the DJ’s Stage

At 9:00 the village starts to fill with the enthusiastic attendees, walkers and runners. Some patients, some doctors, some donors, some family members and friends.  It’s awesome to see a team come together for a cause that cares for life. The Rapid Relief Team volunteers are looking forward to another successful day of fundraising!


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