Marrow on the Move

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Run, walk or bike with us in the fight against life-threatening blood diseases

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Where: Lake Nokomis

Event Options

  • Tot Trot: This event will take place first so that kids have the option to join their parents afterwards for the 5K Walk/Run.
  • 5K Walk: Participants will walk around Lake Nokomis. Strollers are permitted, but please no bikes, scooters, skates/roller blades, or pets.
  • 5k Run: Participants will run around Lake Nokomis. Strollers are permitted, but please no bikes, scooters, skates/roller blades, or pets.
  • Chainbreaker Bike Ride: Biking enthusiasts who want to participate in Marrow On The Move can join the Marrow On The Move team for the Chainbreaker Ride. The Chainbreaker Ride, established to raise funds for life-saving cancer research, is a three-day event held August 11-13, 2017. All funds raised by the Marrow On The Move team will go to support blood and marrow transplantation research at the University of Minnesota. The registration fee for the Marrow On The Move team will be reduced to $1 by entering "MOTM" during registration on the Chainbreaker website. Participants in the Chainbreaker Ride are encouraged to join us on July 29, 2017 for the Marrow On The Move walk, run, and tot trot. MOTM Bike Jerseys are available for purschase for $50 dollars each, please contact krblomqu@umn.edu with your order or any questions.

Participation in Tot Trot or 5k Walk/Run will include a T-shirt. Part of the registration will be to select the shirt type and size.

What is Marrow On The Move?

What is Marrow On The Move?

Marrow On The Move is an annual event that brings people together to celebrate the lives of those who have received a blood or bone marrow transplantation for a life-threatening blood disease. Doctors at the University of Minnesota Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program are world-renowned experts in blood and bone marrow transplantation. They have provided live-saving transplantations for thousands of individuals who have battled blood diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, and immune deficiency disorders. Marrow On The Move celebrates our patients who have battled a blood disease, remembers those who have lost their lives, and empowers individuals and communities to fight back against diseases that take too much.

What is unique about Marrow On The Move?

What is unique about Marrow On The Move?

Marrow On The Move brings together the BMT community—including families, friends, blood and marrow donors, and care providers—as they celebrate the victories they have attained in fighting debilitating blood diseases. The day will feature activities including a walk/run/ride tailored to allow the participation of people at all levels of physical fitness. The event will also feature a campaign to raise funds for operational expenses for next year's event and for BMT research. Doctors in the adult BMT Program are engaged in cutting-edge research at the University of Minnesota. Funds raised during Marrow On The Move will support research to improve the care and outcomes of transplant recipients.

What inspired Marrow On The Move?

What inspired Marrow On The Move?

Our transplant patients come together in small support groups organized by our BMT social workers. Patients deeply appreciate these support groups and often report how great it is to realize that "I am not alone." For patients in the first year of a transplant, these support groups allow them to see that others have gone through the same experiences and are thriving years after transplant. Moreover, patients who have survived for longer than a year after transplant are happy for the opportunity to share their experiences and encourage those who are still recovering. After hearing about Marrow On The Move, one individual in a support group said, "I always have a goal to look forward to. Now I have something to look forward to next summer!"
If small group meetings create a sense of community and solidarity among the BMT community, imagine an event attended by 500 survivors, family, friends, blood and marrow donors, and caregivers. Participants will see that they are truly not alone.

The second annual Marrow On The Move will be held at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis on July 29th, 2017.