Boston Armenian community gears up for ABMDR walkathon in Watertown


WATERTOWN — The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) New England announced this week that it will hold the eighth annual Walk of Life fundraiser on September 28.

Participants will gather at the Armenian Educational and Cultural Center (ACEC), 47 Nichols Ave., and walk 2.2 miles to Saltonstall Park in Watertown Square to raise money for the ABMDR.

On-site registration and sign-in will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and the walk will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Once all walkers have reached the final destination, top fundraisers will be honored and a raffle drawing will be held. Each participant is given one entry ticket to the raffle upon registration is encouraged to buy more tickets before the walk or during check-in. Any money raised during this walkathon will go towards costs that ABMDR incurs with the purchase of reagents for molecular testing of donors, donor recruitments, harvesting of donors, patient testing in Yerevan and more.

The Walk of Life is a fundraising and awareness-raising event in support of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) whose mission is to save lives. By joining us in this walkathon, you will support the organizations mission to help those in our global community with life-threatening diseases increase their chances of hope and possibly even a second chance at life. All of our participants are heroes, no matter their age.

Sergey, a donor in Armenia, with his wife and infant child

Established in 1999, ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps Armenians and non-Armenians worldwide survive life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date, the Registry has recruited over 29,000 donors in 29 countries across four continents, identified 4,482 patients, and facilitated 31 bone marrow transplants.

Once registered, walks can login to their account to customize their personal donation page, send emails and manage offline pledges.

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Small donations from many people add up quickly. All the funds are used for the process of finding matches for patients.

Corporate sponsors of Walk of Life New England include Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PROMETRIKA, the Armenian-American Pharmacists’ Association, and Watertown Savings Bank.

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Online Registration closes on September 27th at 3 p.m.



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