14th Annual Ali's 5K Run/Walk in memory of Ali Kaplan
Access & Features
- Open to the public
Hosted by W&M law students' Bone Marrow Drive committee!
Entrance Fee: $15
Race Start: 10 AM
Registration and Parking at the Law School
Start & Finish of Walk/Race: Bicentennial Park, Newport Ave. at South Henry Street (about two blocks from the Law School)
Early Registration: April 2-5 in the Law School lobby (9AM to 4PM) or online (see site below)
T-Shirt Pick Up: Race Day, April 7, from 8 AM to 10AM at the Law School's entrance
Post-Race Activities: Refreshments, awards and fun prizes!
About Ali Kaplan
Alison Kaplan passed away in 1999, at age 12, from aplastic anemia, a very rare bone marrow disease. Ali was a straight "A" student, played recreation league soccer and basketball, and was active in school chorus and Dance Williamsburg. In recognition of Ali's selflessness, compassion, and courage, both James Blair Middle School and the Junior Women's Club of Williamsburg have established annual student awards in her memory.
Your participation in this race will help support the National Marrow Donor Program
Each year in America 30,000 people are diagnosed with potentially fatal blood diseases such as leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and aplastic anemia, for which a bone marrow transplant may be the only cure. Less than a quarter of patients will find a donor within their immediate family, and the remainder rely on unrelated donors, recruited through drives such as this one, and on transplants facilitated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
The NMDP maintains a national Be A Match Registry of potential donors that provides hope for thousands of patients locally, nationally, and internationally. There are currently over 4 million donors listed on the registry. While the Registry continues to grow each year, it can never be large enough to ensure a match for every patient. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 can become donor, and therefore almost every segment of the community is a lifesaving resource waiting to be tapped. Each unregistered individual represents a potential opportunity lost. Your participation in this run gives you an opportunity to help save lives.