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Christopher’s Challenge Walk-a-Thon Set for Nov. 4

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Christopher’s Challenge and the James P Wilmot Cancer Center are joining together to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow and stem-cell donations during “Accept the Challenge: Hike for Life” on Sunday, Nov. 4, at The Medley Centre. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the walk starts at noon. 

The event raises money to help increase the number of people in the national registry of bone marrow and stem cell donors, and to support patient care initiatives at the Samuel E. Durand Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  The event is being held in memory of Gene Martello, who was a strong supporter of Christopher’s Challenge.

Christopher’s Challenge was created after Christopher Costello relapsed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant.  The local group pays for the typing of potential marrow donors as well as other costs associated with bone marrow transplants.

Organizers hope to raise $14,000 and half of the funds will pay for the blood typing of potential marrow donors who are joining the national marrow registry.  The remainder will support the Wilmot Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

For more information about the Challenge, or to get a pledge brochure, go to


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