June 16th, 2012, 17:56
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS MAKES $200,000 DONATION TO BE THE MATCH ON BEHALF OF KIM McGRATH
Rick Hendrick, Chairman and CEO of Hendrick Motorsports, established the Hendrick Marrow Program in 1997 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Even though he did not need a marrow transplant himself, he wanted to help other patients waiting to find a marrow match and a second chance at life.The Hendrick Marrow Program works with Be The Match Foundation® to support the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP). Specifically it raises money to add more potential marrow donors to the NMDP’s Be The Match Registry® increasing the chances that more patients can find their match. It also helps patients with uninsured transplant costs, which are often a barrier to treatment.Since its inception, the Hendrick Marrow Program has raised more than $10 million, added more than 100,000 marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, and eased the financial burden of nearly 6,000 patients with grants from the Hendrick Family Fund for Patient Assistance.
Just six weeks after receiving his wife Kim McGrath’s diagnosis of Leukemia, with the help of friends, family,fans, sponsors, and colleagues, the 7 time Supercross champ’s efforts, on behalf of Team KIM, have brought in close to 3,000 newpotential donors and raised much-needed funds for the non-profit organization, BE THE MATCH®.“As we moved into our sixth week of Marrow Drives for Team KIM, it was brought to my attention the importance of funding to help offset the costs associated with testing and adding new members to the Be The MatchRegistry®.” “I put out just an initial ask for some monetary assistance to help keep the funding goingfor the great, life-saving work being done at Be The Match and within hours the Hendrick Marrow Program was emailing us back with its$200,000.00 donation!Immediate TEAM KIM fundraising activities include the Del Moto Inaugural Pro Am at Del Mar this Sunday, June 17th; a pre X Games online auction featuring spectacular memorabilia from many of the top X Games’ athletes past and present; and a “text to donate” campaign kicking off June 28th.
June 16th, 2012 17:56
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