Seventh Annual Walk of Life Helps Those in Need With Life-Threatening Diseases
Saltonstall Park – People from all different walks of life grabbed their walking shoes and participated in the seventh annual Walk of Life. The event is organized each year by the New England chapter of Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Their mission is to saves lives by recruiting and providing mass donors for bone marrow stem cell transplants. This fundraising endeavor was created to help people with Leukemia and other life threatening diseases find donor matches.
The two-mile Walk-a-thon started at the Armenian Cultural and Education Center. Walkers then moved down Mt. Auburn Street and finished off at Saltonstall Park, which was hosting the Faire on the Square festival.
In America someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every four months, and a bone marrow transplant is usually the best chance at survival. However for Armenians a transplant is very difficult. Armenians have special bone marrow in which they can be universal donors; however, they can only receive from people of their native country. That is why this registry is so important to saving lives.
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Produced by David Yampolsky, News Correspondent
September 27, 2018