Colleen Compston

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Hello friend, Many HUGE tha…
Hello friend,

Many HUGE thanks for donating to Racing To Register and supporting your participant in the Philadelphia Half Marathon. If you are not from Philadelphia, this is a great event that draws over 25,000 runners and is sold out! The weekend itself is filed with great activities and a great expo, and if you go, look for us in our booth at the expo.

I founded RTR over 3 years ago from my kitchen on a fall day, almost drawn to do it. My inspiration was my wife, who needed a marrow donor and could not find one. As I asked people to register, I found many didn’t know that it took only a cotton swab of the inside of your cheek to register, that only 30% of those in need match a family member, that only 40% (less for minorities) will ever find a match. People didn’t know that there are only 9M people on the national donor registry.

I can tell you first hand that finding a donor feels impossible. It puts huge strains on families.

But your donation will help us find more suitable donors and educate people. Each testing kit cost $65.00 and we never charge for someone to "get swabbed". Moreover, as a small charity we are constantly in need of donations just so we can continue to cover basic expenses related to educating people and providing caregivers the information they need.

Your donation will also help fund RTR Cares (think Make A Wish Foundation), whereby we grant wishes to kids, siblings or entire families that are going through the transplant process or even suffering in general from a blood cancer. So far we have granted 5 wishes in just our first year of the program!

We have also registered over 2,500 people and found 7 potential matches for patients.
Donations like yours make it happen.

So with the utmost of gratitude on behalf of the board of RTR, thanks so much for your great support! Check the website for more TEAM RTR events throughout the US, or email for more information.

Ps….I still work from my kitchen, but I take up more counter space as we grow

6 years ago
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Colleen Compston
new york, NY United States
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