The 2011 Los Angeles Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk brought together 183 patients, family members, and supporters and over 100 volunteers. The event reached and exceeded its fundraising goal of $30,000, reaching a total of over $36,000.
Patients (many in yellow T-shirts) and their supporters (in red T-shirts) walked along the shore near the Queen Mary in Long Beach carrying balloons and banners, cheered on by volunteers from Kohl's Department Stores
. Kids enjoyed face painting with volunteers from Art of Elysium
, lunch was provided by Whole Foods
, and everyone listened to music provided by SOS Entertainment
. Twenty teams posed for group photos. Proceeds from the silent auction added to the fundraising total.
Be the Match
, in conjunction with the City of Hope
, registered 39 people for the national bone marrow registry.
Proceeds of the Walk will help the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
continue and expand the programs that help all aplastic anemia, MDS, and PNH patients by providing patient education, supporting disease research, and advocating on behalf of these patients.