Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Help Raise Awareness For Bone Marrow Transplant Registry - 8th Annual Roosevelt Island Icla da Silva Foundation 5 K Matchmaker Run/Walk Saturday May 5

According to the Icla da Silva Foundation:
The Icla da Silva Foundation originated on Roosevelt Island in 1992. Icla, a young girl from Brazil with leukemia, moved with her family to Roosevelt Island, where they began their US search for a life-saving bone marrow transplant. They never found a matching donor and the foundation began in her loving memory.

The mission of the Icla da Silva Foundation is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors and by providing support services to children and adults with leukemia and other diseases treatable by marrow transplants. Since inception, the Foundation has registered over 500,000 potential bone marrow donors, facilitated more than 600 bone marrow transplants, and assisted over 2000 patients and their families with emotional, financial and logistical support as they go through the process of searching for a matching donor. The Icla da Silva Foundation is 501(c)3 nonprofit.
This is the 8th MatchMaker 5K Run/Walk on Roosevelt Island.

All proceeds aid in the search for matching bone marrow donors and to fund patient support services.

The Icla da Silva Foundation has opened registration to their annual 5K Run/Walk on Roosevelt Island. The race will begin Saturday May 5, 2018 at 10AM at Firefighters field. The link to register is:

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 5th

Firefighters Field

9:00 AM Race Village Opens

9:15 AM Pre-race Stretch

9:30 AM Tot Trot (50 yard Dash for Kids age 4 and under)

9:45 AM 100 Yard Dash for Icla beginners (age 7 and under)

10:00 AM Matchmaker 5K Race Begins

11:00 AM Awards Ceremony
Watch this video and learn more about the Icla da Silva Foundation and how it began with a young Brazilian girl and her family coming to Roosevelt Island  seeking a life saving bone marrow transplant.

Click here to learn more about the Icla da Silva Foundation and register or donate to the Roosevelt Island May 5 Matchmaker Run/Walk.