Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Hadassah’s recent 7th Annual Walk-A-Thon for Stem Cell Research was a huge success on. It was a magnificent day filled with sunshine and warmth, as over 500 people came out to support this very important cause.
This year’s walk-a-thon took place on both the North and South Shores. On the North Shore, the walk started and finished at Temple Israel and on the South Shore, at Oceanside Park.
Students from the area schools not only helped to raise money for stem cell research, they also came out to walk as well. With the help of the police who blocked off the balloon-lined streets for the walkers, the event was safe and festive. The walk-a-thon has raised over $150,000 so far, and all the participants helped to bring an awareness to the importance of stem cell research here in the U.S., in Israel and worldwide. The Hadassah Hospital continues to be at the forefront of stem cell research and for more than a decade, Hadassah members have been advocates for stem cell research.
For the first time this year, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation had a booth at the walk-a-thon. This foundation is a public bone marrow, stem cell and umbilical cord registry. Through its life saving work, it is a world leader facilitating transplants for children and adults suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, other cancers and genetic disorders. Many of the walkathon participants registered to be a donor with a simple cheek swab.
We were privileged to have the sponsorship of CryoCell and Genecord, two organizations that store and preserve cord blood and core tissue stem cells and support stem cell research.
Thank you to our many sponsors and to Bagel Hut, Everfresh , Tek Prime and musician, Chris Warren, for generously donating their products and services to make the day a success.
If you would still like to contribute to this lifesaving effort, please visit our link, www.hadassah.org/nassau/stemcellwalkathon, to make your donation or mail a check made out to “Hadassah” to Vivi Jaspan, 38 Mirrielees Circle, Great Neck, NY 11021.