Cancer Sucks! 5k to cross campus Sunday


David Boschwitz/Iowa State Daily

Runners starting out in the rain at the Gingerbread 5K on Sunday Oct. 7.

Alexis Myszka

ISU Be The Match on campus is teaming up with ISU Colleges against cancer to host the Cancer Sucks! 5K run/walk this Sunday on Iowa State’s Campus. The event will raise money for the Iowa Marrow Donor Program and the American Cancer Society, according to the press release.

Registration will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. north of the Campanile, followed by the race at 2 p.m. on Central Campus. Participants will also have the opportunity to register as donors in the national blood stem cell registry, with representatives on site to answer any questions about donating.

“Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For thousands of patients with leukemia and other blood diseases like sickle cell anemia, a blood stem cell transplant is their only hope,” as said in the press release.

They are searching for donors that are between 18 and 44 years old. According to the press release, younger donors have the best chance of having a successful transplant.

“Out of every 500 people who register, one will be identified as the best match for a patient,” as said in the press release.

Through fundraisers like the Cancer Sucks! 5K, the Iowa Marrow Donor Program can reach more healthy and committed adults who will join the Be The Match Registry, where their donations will impact the lives of patients worldwide, according to the press release.

The Iowa Marrow Donor Program was established in 1980 and has since been a donor center for Be The Match, they have been building a community of people dedicated to helping patients find donors.

Those interested in donating but are unable to attend the event, can register online by visiting this link.