Monday, April 8, 2013

Be The Match Walk+Run

Do you remember my post from two years ago when I encouraged everyone to get out and participate in the Be The Match - Be The One Run? Well, I'm encouraging you once again, to get out and participate, this time in the Be The Match Walk+Run!

Be The Match hosts several Walk+Run events all over the United States. It doesn't matter if you live in Minneapolis (like me) or in Dallas (like my friend, Becky), there is an opportunity waiting for you. (Locations can be found here: LOCATIONS)

The Walk+Run event is a great opportunity for individuals to support those that need a marrow transplant, to raise critical funds to help people with blood cancers, and to be part of a tremendous community of people.

If you are interested in participating in the event, you can create a team, join a team, or participate as an individual. If you would like to join my team, Keep On Keepin' On, you are more than welcome! If you can't participate but would like to contribute financially, please feel free to do so here!

Also, if you own a business or if you have an employer that may be interested in being a sponsor of the Be The Match Walk+Run, please let me know and I would be happy to help answer any questions you may have. The more funds we are able to raise, the more people we are able to help!

Please help spread the word about this great event!

I hope I see you on the course on May 18th in Minneapolis and maybe I'll make an appearance at another location near you, too! Stay posted.

Update - Back at it!

To say that it has been a long time since I last posted on here would be an understatement - my apologies!

Let's catch up:

First of all, the Be The Match Marrow Donor Registration Drive in August 2011 was a huge success! We registered around 100 people and raised a large amount of funds to help process all of those registrations! And more importantly, we educated and made more people aware of the need for marrow donors!

Secondly, a lot has happened since August 2011 and my life has slowed down quite a bit. I graduated from law school in January and have been looking for ways to volunteer some of my extra time. Just last week I had the opportunity to have coffee with a friend I met through the Minnesota Lions organization. He suggested I help with a Be The Match activity. Being a huge BTM supporter, it didn't take much convincing to jump on board and join the Be The Match Walk+Run Planning Committee.

While the initial purpose of this blog was to discuss the Marrow Donor Registration Drive, it seems only right to resurrect it to discuss other Be The Match activities!

I hope you enjoy reading about other BTM activities - and if you know of BTM activities in your area or that you are working on, let me know, I would be happy to talk about them too!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Curing Disease One Patient at a Time - Advances in Bone Marrow Matching

A couple years ago, while working for the University of Minnesota, I had the great opportunity to meet Dana Boyle. Dana is the Vice President of Community Engagement for LifeScience Alley (LSA). LSA was formed in 2005, the result of a merger of two separate organization. Taking the focus and goals of both of the merged organizations, LSA aims to support Minnesota's health care industry, with a focus on legislative issues, education, and investment in MN as a major center of health care achievement research and innovation, while serving as the eyes, ears and voice of biotechnology in Minnesota. 

My work at the University focused on various areas of health: research, training, clinical trials, etc. For years the University has partnered with LifeScience Alley on various seminars, workshops, etc. And it was through some of these events that I met Dana.

Fast forward to earlier this month. I opened my email one morning to find a note from a friend about a program LifeScience Alley was planning called: "Curing Disease One Patient at a Time - Advances in Bone Marrow Matching" - a perfect opportunity for a collaboration. I immediately remembered Dana and reached out to her to tell her about the drive in August and to see if we could work together in some way. After playing phone/email tag, we connected and agreed to collaborate!

So, tomorrow, I will be at the program to provide flyers to attendees and will even get a chance to mention the drive and hopefully convince people to attend. And for those of you interested in learning more about LifeScience Alley - they will be at the drive on August 13. Come talk to them at their table and learn about all the wonderful things they do for Minnesota, you'll be impressed! And if you are free tomorrow, sign-up for the program, I'm sure it'll be fabulous!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Stadium View - rockin' my world then and now!

Back in the day, you know, when I was an undergraduate at the U of M, I spent two fabulous years living in an apartment complex called, 'Melrose Student Suites.' It was an awesome place to live. If I remember correctly, I spent the majority of those two years in room 153 (sorry for the burn on the bathroom counter in room D).

Anywho, as I have been working on acquiring sponsors for the drive, I thought it would be great to engage my old apartment complex. So, I did some research and found out the name had changed to 'Stadium View Off Campus Student Housing.' I contacted Stadium View and within a couple days they responded and agreed to help sponsor our event! I was ecstatic! And even more so when I went to Stadium View to pick up the sponsorship information - it was such a nostalgic moment.

As I walked to the leasing office, I noticed all the changes and updates that have been occurring at Stadium View and I kind of wished I was back in undergrad so I could live in a great building, next to the heart of campus again. I really wanted to take a tour of the building, but alas, I was parked illegally out front (some things never change).

I am very thankful and appreciative of Stadium View's sponsorship and recommend everyone to check it out, I know I'm glad I did back then and now!

Check out their website and schedule a tour:

To learn more about the Marrow Donor Registration Drive, please visit:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SHOUT-OUT to AHC Communications

Just want to give a big SHOUT-OUT to my friends at AHC Communications. Thanks for including the Marrow Donor Registration Drive in AHC News Capsules (towards the bottom, under events). We really appreciate you helping us get the word out. A personal thanks to Emily and Brent for making edits to the post and making this happen! Hopefully all the AHC staff and faculty can make it to the event! Thanks again!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Superstars of Giving Life to Ideas & Social Media

About a month ago, Kristine, my Be The Match coordinator, told me about a gentleman she met who was willing and interested in helping us promote the Marrow Donor Registration Drive. I was thrilled - I knew then that getting the word out was more difficult than I imagined and I could use all the help I could get. After a couple of email exchanges, we also learned that this gentleman also worked on projects with two ladies with fabulous social media experience. And then last week, we all got together for lunch and I left feeling re-energized and very excited!

Let me tell you a little about the team of people helping us promote the marrow drive. Please check out their websites and consider them the next time you are looking to hire someone with their skills!

Parag is a visionary who is passionate about building technology companies. His website,, explains how he helps, "Giving Life to Ideas." He is an entrepreneurial genius and has completely selfless soul. His willingness to help and to share his vast network with us is very much appreciated.

Martha and Emily are social media addicts. However, this is one addiction that I consider incredibly healthy! Their company, The Social Lights, combine the ever-changing world of social media and their knowledge of business to streamline business objectives and make people smile. Both come to the table with tons of energy and ideas.

If you have ideas on how to promote this event or want to help, please let me know!

Friday, July 1, 2011

African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

Did you know that July is African American Bone Marrow Month? Yep, it is!

T-Boz, from the popular 90's musical group TLC, (you remember, "Don't go chasing waterfalls...") is using her fame to encourage people, especially those in the African American community to join the Be The Match Registry. T-Box has been battling sickle cell disease for most of her life.

As mentioned in an earlier post, (Race and Ethnicity Matter) getting people of different race and ethnic backgrounds to join the registry is very important.

To learn more about African American Bone Marrow Month, check this out:

And to learn more about T-Boz and her involvement with Be The Match, check this out: