‘Be the Match’ walkers, runners raise $45K+

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The Be The Match Walk+Run took off from the World Trade Center Plaza in downtown Portland Sunday, as participants tried to raise awareness and funds for bone marrow and cord blood transplants. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Runners and walkers hit downtown Portland Sunday to raise awareness on the need for life-saving bone marrow transplants and cord blood units.

The Be The Match Walk+Run took off from the World Trade Center Plaza in downtown. “Be the Match” connects patients who have blood cancers, including leukemia, with matching donors for bone marrow transplants and cord blood units.

“Most people think of a bone marrow transplant,  and they think it’s something like you’re going to have your bones cut up and that kind of stuff,” said one participant at Sunday’s event. “It’s just a blood transfusion … It’s a pretty benign process. It’s a great program.”

Many people ran or walked for someone they know who is battling cancer. At last count they raised $45,230 from Sunday’s walk and run event. The fundraising goal, according to its website, is $65,000.

Those who would like to know more about how to becoming a donor can visit BeTheMatch.org.

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