BENEFITING: The Icla da Silva Foundation, Inc.
EVENT: The Matchmaker 5K Run/Walk
EVENT DATE: May 16, 2015
Recently, I had the privilege of co-hosting an event at Ogilvy titled “Warm Words from Leadership.” Its focus was on the importance of becoming a registered donor with Be the Match Foundation.
The platform in sharing the work that we do on a very personal level created a very heartfelt and loving environment. The event was particularly meaningful because we were visited by a special little boy named Asaya. He and his family shared his story and were grateful to know that they are not alone in Asaya's search. As a baby, Asaya was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. Doctors said he might not live past age three, but he'll be four this summer. Still, Asaya's only hope of a cure and normal life is a marrow transplant.
I’ve been involved with the organization for three years now and no one has managed to steal my heart like little Asaya so I am trying my best to do whatever I can in his quest for a match. In doing so, I have joined team Ogilvy in the matchmaker 5k on May 16. There are three ways you can help.
-Donate to my page.
-Register and join me along with team Ogilvy for the matchmaker5kRunWalk
-Register to be a bone marrow donor with Be the Match
A “not so fun fact” - Only 7% of registered marrow donors are African Americans, making the probability of finding a compatible donor very slim.
Team Ogilvy wrote -
While some members of Team Ogilvy 2014 have suffered losses to loved ones who were unable to find bone marrow matches, others have celebrated the second chance at life given to loved ones saved through bone marrow transplants.
The Icla da Silva Foundation saves lives by recruiting bone marrow donors and providing medical support to patients with leukemia and other diseases treatable by marrow transplants.
Please donate and join our team to help save more lives.
For more information about the Icla da Silva Foundation, please visit www.icla.org.
The event takes place on the Firefighters Field, 455 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY on Saturday, May 16th.