On September 30, 2017, RRT volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church assisted at a Be the Match Event in Roosevelt Island, NY. It started out as a typical October day in New York City. At 6:30am, it was 52 degrees, partly cloudy, a perfect day for a running event.

Runners crossing the Finish Line

As the volunteers approached the event village site which was 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 and supporters including; local high school students, personnel from the Avon Foundation, 18 volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), personnel from the Norton Ladybugs, MSK Transplant Trotters, Bone Marrow Transplant Team, and many others that are interested in supporting the great cause that Be the Match represents.

RRT Handing Out Water Bottles


Participants Joyfully receiving a nice cold water bottle

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 was hosted by the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), stocked with water bottles, bananas,  energy bars and everything that you need to sustain a 5K run.

really young running for a great cause

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. Thanks to all The Be the Match Walk & Run in New York has raised an astonishing $85,123.77. Also thanks to the Top Team Norton Ladybugs for raising $10,705 as a team and Dean Schloyer for being at the top of the fundraisers for individuals raising $5,555.

Restocking water bottles

It’s awesome to see a team come together for a cause that cares for life. We are looking forward to another successful day of fundraising!


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