On April 11, the William & Mary Law School Bone Marrow Drive held the 11th annual Ali’s Run. One hundred and twenty-five people ran or walked in the 5k race, which started and ended at Bicentennial Park, and even more people registered to make donations. The race raised more than $7,500.
The overall winner was Mitchell Stith J.D.’17, with a time of 17:44. Matthew Keehn J.D. ’17 placed second at 18:28, and Tyler Scott placed third at 18:49.
“Ali’s Run is important because it is one of the only events that engages not only the students and faculty at the Law School, but also members of the Williamsburg community,” said Rebecca Areaux J.D, ’17, who co-chaired the event with Chelsea Brewer J.D. ’17. “Anyone can come out to participate in the race, and the race raises more money than any other event put on by the Bone Marrow Drive.”
The 5k was created to honor the memory of Ali Kaplan, a 12-year old Williamsburg student who passed away from aplastic anemia, a rare bone marrow disease. Every year, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with potentially fatal diseases for which a bone marrow transplant could be the only cure.
This year, under the leadership of co-chairs Nick Guidi J.D. ’15 and Angela Diaz J.D. ’16, the Bone Marrow Drive raised more than $10,000 to help match donors and recipients, support patients and caregivers, and conduct research. The drive also registered 58 new bone marrow donors during Drive Day.
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