18 years ago my cousin, Abdul Bayyan Madyun passed away from Aplastic Anema. He was only 16 years old. Unfortunately, at the time, I was too young to be considered as a potential bone marrow donor to save his life. Today there are still many individuals like Abdul, waiting for a bone marrow donor.
As one of my goals for 2011, not a New Year's Resolution, I want to help raise funds for the Be the Match, the National Marrow Donor Program. It costs approximately $100 to add each new member to the Be the Match Registry.... My goal is to raise over $1,100 in Loving Memory of Abdul.
I pledge to run at least 11 races (distance will vary with each race) for Be the Match cause during 2011. I hope to raise at least $100 for each race I complete.
I enjoy the start of a race as much as finishing it. I want to know that I ran start to finish to help others!
Races I will be running (Check back for updates as races are posted):
January 8 - NYRR Fred Lebow Classic (5M), Central Park (Completed)
February 6 - NYRR Gridiron (4M), Central Park (Completed)
February 26 - NYRR Al Gordon Classic (4M), Prospect Park (Completed)
March 6 - Coogan’s 5K, Washington Heights (Completed)
March 27 - NY Colon Cancer Challenge (4M), Central Park (Completed)
April 23 - NYRR 4 Mile, Central Park (Completed)
May 14 - Healthy Kidney 10K, Central Park (Completed)
June 11 - NYRR New York Mini 10K (Completed)
June 26 - Achilles Hop & Possiblity (5), Central Park (Completed)
July 16 - Central Park Conservancy Run for Central Park (4M) (Completed)
August 27 – Percy E. Sutton 5K, Harlem (Canceled due to Hurricne Irene)
October 15 - Roosevelt Island 5k