Los Angeles, CA, June 15, 2012 - 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 new potential 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 Match Registry®.” “I put out just an initial ask for some monetary assistance to help keep the funding going for 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!
Like Kim, 70 percent of searching patients will not find a match within their family. That leaves thousands of patients searching the Be The Match Registry® for a life- saving match. Costs are approximately $100 for each donor tested, therefore, every $100 raised helps add another new member to the registry!
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.
To make a donation, simply visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/kimmcgrath. Info on Team KIM: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-KIM/221085671342637
About the HENDRICK MARROW PROGRAM: 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.
The Hendrick Marrow Program, Be The Match Foundation®, and the NMDP are dedicated to creating the opportunity for all patients to receive the life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need.