LONG BRANCH – The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is holding its first 5K Walk for Life from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Pier Village.
The event is solely dedicated to raising awareness and funds for growing the worldwide bone marrow donor registry while honoring the life and legacy of New Jersey resident, Mel Cohen.
Gift of Life will use funds raised at the Walk for Life to add new donors to the worldwide bone marrow registry. Each year, 10,000 patients in the United States are affected with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope for a cure is from an unrelated bone marrow, blood stem cell, or umbilical cord blood transplant.
Each donation brings Gift of Life one step closer to its vision – a match, anytime, anywhere, for anyone.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Pier Village, 1 Chelsea Ave. and costs $25 for those who have preregistered, $10 for children; and $30 for those who register during the day of the event, $15 for children.
Pre-registration and additional information about the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and Walk for Life are available by visiting www.giftoflife.org/walk4life.