Be the One Run
Race to benefit bone marrow cause
The Be the One Run to raise money for bone marrow transplants and research and to increase awareness about the need for donors will be held Saturday, July 28, at Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive in downtown Columbus.
Katie Curry, 24, of Hilliard, has organized a team called Emily's Entourage in honor of her younger sister, Emily Reincheld, 21, who needs a bone marrow transplant. Both women are graduates of Pickerington High School North.
Shortly after her 21st birthday in May, Reincheld learned she had aplastic anemia, a condition in which bone marrow does not produce enough new cells to replenish blood cells.
Curry said her sister had been "incredibly active" as a student in nursing school and a lacrosse coach and working 36 hours a week.
"Now she is nearly confined to her room waiting to find a marrow donor ... waiting to lead the life she was meant to lead," she said.
Curry, as well as two younger brothers, expected to be able to donate the bone marrow their sister needed to survive, but none of them were a match.
"I was dumbfounded and hurt when we learned none of us were a marrow match. ... There was nothing we could do to help," she said.
In about 70 percent of instances, family members are not a match for donating marrow, according to the National Marrow Donor Program.
"The Be the One Run gives us a chance to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors and to find a match for Emily and others like her," Curry said.
Curry said her sister received a recent treatment and will find out in three to six months how soon she might need a bone marrow transplant. She said Reincheld will attend Saturday's event and walk as long as she can.
"There are no matches in the registry for Emily today," Curry said. "Our family has been coping the best we can. ... We hope through greater awareness that Emily can find a match if she needs one."
Funds from the Be the One Run will support bone marrow transplant research, help patients with expenses that insurance does not cover and add potential marrow donors to a registry.
The run is organized by the Be the Match Foundation, part of the National Marrow Donor Program. The event is the first to be held in Ohio, though similar races have been held in other parts of the country.
Since 1996, the National Marrow Donor Program has facilitated 1,811 marrow transplants in Ohio, which currently has 393 patients on the registry.
Emily's Entourage initially enlisted 27 runners and walkers. As of July 23, the group has 56 members who have raised $5,100.
The run includes a 5K, 1K and Tot Trot. The Tot Trot starts at 9:45 a.m. The 5K starts at 10 a.m. and the 1K begins at 10:05 a.m.
Registration for the 5K is $30 in advance or on race day at Bicentennial Park. Registration is $15 for the 1K and $10 for the Tot Trot.
To learn more about the event, or register, volunteer or make donations, visit BeTheOneRun.org.
To join or contribute to Emily's Entourage, visit BeTheMatchFoundation.org/goto/emily.