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Event brings together marrow donors and transplant patients, highlights the need for unrelated marrow transplants

Portland will host a Be The Match Walk+Run on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the World Trade Center Plaza; bringing together marrow donors and transplant patients to demonstrate that the cure for blood cancer is in the hands of ordinary people.

This fundraising event (formerly known as Be The One Run®) helps patients with blood cancers like leukemia find a marrow donor and receive a life-saving transplant. Most of us won’t have a marrow match in our family and Be The Match recruits and matches volunteer marrow donors with patients who need them.

Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia for which a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best or only hope of a cure.

Be The Match Walk+Run raises funds to support marrow transplant research, help patients with uninsured treatment costs, and add more volunteer potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry®, giving more patients hope for a cure.

With a 5K, 1K and Tot Trot, the Walk+Run is perfect for the entire family and for people of all fitness levels. Visit BeTheMatchWalkRun.org to register, fundraise and volunteer.

The Portland Be The Match Walk+Run is part of a 2013 national series that includes Walk+Runs in 13 cities across the country: Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Long Beach, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, St. Louis, San Jose and Tampa.

Join a community transplanting hope. Help patients with blood cancers take the next step toward a life-saving marrow transplant by taking a few of your own. To register, fundraise, volunteer or support a runner or walker with a contribution, visit BeTheMatchWalkRun.org.

About Be The Match

For people with life-threatening blood cancers – like leukemia and lymphoma – or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can be someone’s cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry®, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.