• 5
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    • Run & Walk
      to help bone marrow failure patients everywhere
    • Los Angeles 2017
  • Online registration is now closed.

    Please visit us on-site for registration starting at 6:30 am on Saturday 4/29.

    Exercise is even more SATISFYING when you do it for charity!


    The only road to a cure is RESEARCH, so get moving!


    Join our campaign that gives patients HOPE for a healthier tomorrow!

      • WHEN

      • Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
        8:00am to 12:00pm
      • WHERE

      • Shoreline Village Long Beach
        429 Shoreline Village Drive In front of Wheel Fun Rentals
        Long Beach , CA 90802
        Parking for the run and walk is the Welcome Center to the East of the hotel.
      • WHAT

      • Funds raised by the March for Marrow 5K Run and Walk  will be used to search for a cure for bone marrow failure disease and support the patients  who are living with it.

      • WHAT ELSE

      • Silent Auction: A key part of our Saturday’s festivities has always been our Silent Auction.  We will offer many fun, interesting, and exceptional items for bidding


      • If you have any questions, please contact Bill Hamm to learn more.  You can also review our FAQ.

      • TIMELINE

      • 5K Run Registration
        Introduction of Celebrity Speakers
        Welcome and 5K Start
        Auction Opens
        5K Awards/Photos/Breakfast
        Walk Registration
        Team Cheers and Team Photos
        Group Photo/Moment of Remembrance
        Walk Start
        Light Lunch/Recognition/Announcements
        Auction Closes
        Farewell Until 2018
    • Make a difference, help a patient.

      Don’t delay!  Don't delay! You can register right up to Saturday, 4/29/17 for both the walk and 5K. 

      Our goal is to have 500 people running and walking for bone marrow failure diseases.

      Join us - register yourself, build a team, become a virtual walker or make a contribution to support our efforts.

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    • Community
  • Event committee:

  • We need many volunteers to make March for Marrow 5K & Walk fun and successful events.  We are expecting a large turnout of walkers, runners, patients, family members, medical personnel, supporters, caregivers and community sponsors. 

    There are many volunteer spots available. View the full list of volunteer jobs, descriptions, and times below.  On the day of the event, volunteers are needed anywhere between 6:00 am - 12:30 pm.

    Contact our volunteer coordinator Kathy Madden to learn how you can help!

    View the full list of volunteer jobs, descriptions, and times below:

    Volunteer Job Description   Time Frame
    Committee Member
    Help organize all areas of responsibility regarding March for Marrow 5K & Walk Los Angeles 2017
      Now through end of the event
    Race Promotions  (6 needed)
    Handle marketing to running stores, Facebook, Twitter and other social media
      Now through April 30, 2017
    Race Packet Pick-Up  (2 needed)
    Verify registration, distribute t-shirts and goodie bags at Runner's High

    Friday, 4/28/17
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Runner's High, Long Beach

    Site Set-Up  (20 needed)
    Set up tables, registration site, t-shirts, water stations, and pre-run/race refreshments

    Saturday, 4/29/17
    6:00 am - 9:00 am

    5K Gate Set-Up  (4 needed)
    Work with RaceWire staff to hang all of the sponsor banners and AAMDSIF banners

      Saturday, 4/29/17
    6:00 am - 7:00 am

    5K Run Registration (4 needed)
    Work with RaceWire staff to check in pre-registered runners, help with walk-up registrations for the 5K, pass out t-shirts and goodie bags

      Saturday, 4/29/17
    6:30 am - 8:00 am
    Walk Registration  (4 needed)
    Work with AAMDSIF staff to check in pre-registered walkers and runners,  help with walk-up registrations for the walk, pass out t-shirts and goodie bags.
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    7:30 am - 9:15 am
    Parking Attendants  (3 needed)
    Stand at entrance and direct volunteers, runners and walkers, patients and family members to parking
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    6:30 am - 9:00 am
    Water Table(s)  (6 needed)
    Set up water table at turn-around for the 5K and for the walk; serve water to runners and walkers
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    7:00 am - 9:45 am
    Course Monitors  (12 needed)
    Monitor course and assist runners/walkers where necessary (course directions, etc.).
      Saturday, 4/30/17
    7:30 am -9:45 am
    Vendor Assistants  (4 needed)
    Greet vendors, help carry materials from their cars to tables and help with setup.
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    7:30 am - 9:30 am
    Greeters for Patients and Families  (3 needed)
    Greet patients and family members, direct them to registration, provide directions from event to event on site

    Saturday, 4/29/17
    8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Volunteer Breakfast and Post Race Refreshments (3 needed)
    Set up and man the volunteer breakfast and post race refreshments; clean up as necessary
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    6:45 am - 8:00 am and
    8:30 am - 10:00 am
    Auction Supervision  (2 needed in 2 hour increments; 8:00-10:00 am and 10:00-noon)
    Assist Auction Committee to set-up and monitor the auction items, help auction bidders, and keep the displays organized.
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    8:00 am - 10:00 am and
    10:00 am - noon
    Auction Pay Out Runners  (3 needed)
    Work with Auction Committee and assist with the close of the Silent Auction and Pay Out.
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Cheerleaders (12 needed, 6 positions at finish line - may double as course monitors)
    Stationed at intervals along the 5K route holding balloons
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    8:00 am - 9:45 am
    Post Race Food/Refreshments (4 needed)
    Set up and man the post race refreshments; clean up as necessary
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    8:45 am - 10:15 am
    First Aid Station
    Assist AAMDSIF personnel with use of the first aid kit
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    7:30 am - 10:30 am
    Official Photographer
    Capture the essence of March for Marrow
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    7:00 am - noon
    Photographer's Assistants  (2 needed)
    Help the photographer by organizing the walk and run teams for photographs, carrying equipment as needed and providing general assistance.
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    7:00 am - 10:00 am and
    10:00 am - noon
    Awards Ceremony and Moment to Remember  (2 needed)
    Help with setting up the awards and passing them out to runners
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Lunch (2 needed)
    Set up and serve lunch to all ticket holders (patients, family members and friends)
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    10:30 am - noon
    Site Clean Up  (15 needed; all hands on deck)
    Help clean up the event site
      Saturday, 4/29/17
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • High school athlete Luke Gane was diagnosed with aplastic anemia after having a nosebleed that just wouldn’t quit.  That was 2008 but by 2009 he was back in school and lifting weights thanks to a successful bone marrow transplant from one of two brothers who were a perfect match.  Luke went on to play for the UCLA Bruins for three seasons and became a teacher.  He eventually hopes to work as a special needs educator.

    Help us create more stories of success. Help us find a cure for bone marrow failure disease.

  • The 1K walk will proceed along the scenic marina.  Festivities include a patient and family memory board, a Moment of Remembrance, silent auction, light refreshments, inspirational speakers, and a day of fun connecting with fellow patients and families affected by a bone marrow failure disease, informing the public about the signs and symptoms of bone marrow failure disease and the resources available, and raising funds to support AAMDSIF's patient programs and services.  Plan to spend your morning and afternoon with us!

    This will be our sixth annual 5K run at Shoreline Village. The course is flat, fast and ideal for beating your personal best. We’ll run south along the beautiful Long Beach Shoreline, around the Queen Mary jetty and back. 

    The top female and male runner will receive a $100 cash prize and a gift certificate for Brooks running shoes. The female and male Masters Runners, over the age of 40, will also receive gift certificates for Brooks running shoes. In addition there will be awards for the top three running categories for each age group and participant medals for everyone. Everyone gets a Goody Bag. 

    The first 200 runners to register will receive our unique dry-fit t-shirt (unisex sizing) that features our new logo.

    Are you planning to spend the night or several nights in Long Beach?  We have a wonderful rate at the Hilton Long Beach. This special rate is only available for the night of Saturday April 29th. To access this rate:

    • Book online 
    • Book by phone. Please call 1-800 HILTONS and reference the group code AF5 to receive the discounted rate.
  • The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF) is the world's leading nonprofit health organization for patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and related bone marrow failure diseases.

    The Foundation’s strength stems from the multi-faceted community it developed over 30+ years. AAMDSIF serves and educates the patient population and health professionals and provides financial support to clinical researchers searching for better treatments and cures.  

    For 11 consecutive years, AAMDSIF has earned a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating awarded by America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Only 1 percent of all American charities achieve this recognition for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.