ABMDR Walkathon to Take Place This Saturday in Glendale

A scene from the 2015 walkathon
A scene from the 2015 walkathon

A scene from the 2015 walkathon

Participants will include elected officials, various community and school teams, and cancer survivors

LOS ANGELES—Walk of Life, the 11th annual walkathon of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, will take place on Saturday, October 1, in Glendale.

Registration for the event will begin at 9 am, in the plaza of the City of Glendale building, at 633 East Broadway Avenue. Following the opening ceremony at 9:30 am, the walkathon will start at 10 am. The 5K walk/run will conclude with participants returning to the plaza of the City of Glendale building, where a celebration will take place, featuring food and music.

Several elected officials and community leaders, among them Glendale Mayor Paula Devine, members of the Glendale City Council, and California State Senator Anthony Portantino, will participate in the walkathon, which seeks to raise support for the life-saving mission of ABMDR. Also participating in the event will be “Good Day L.A.” (KTTV) anchorwoman Araksya Karapetyan; the “Walk Angels,” a team of patients who have survived cancer; various teams that will walk in honor or in memory of loved ones; and teams from area schools, universities, youth associations, and organizations.

Walkathon participants can sign up online (at abmdr.am/walk/), as either individuals or teams. The advance registration fee is $25 ($30 at the event). The fee for students and children is $10. Students receive eight hours of community-service credit for participating in the walkathon. Parking is free.

About the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry: Established in 1999, ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps patients worldwide survive life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date, the registry has recruited over 28,000 donors in 42 countries across four continents, identified over 4,200 patients, and facilitated 27 bone marrow transplants. For more information, call (323) 663-3609 or visit abmdr.am.


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