Be the Match event upcoming

TROY — A new event is planned for Treasure Island in Troy.

On Sept. 17, Be the Match — The Buckeye will be held along the banks of the Miami River.

Community members are invited to come out and run or walk to raise money for this unique nonprofit organization. There will be a 5K and a 1K run or walk, along with a vendors’ village filled with food, drinks and information. The event opens at 9 a.m. with the run and walk beginning at 10 a.m.

Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a life threatening blood disease like leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell anemia. For many, the only chance for a cure is a marrow transplant from someone outside their family. Every dollar to Be The Match helps more patients afford transplant, adds potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry and funds life-saving research.

While Be the Match — The Buckeye is the first event of its kind in Miami County, Be The Match has been successfully held in larger cities and attracts more than 500 participants each year, along with survivors, patients, donors, family, friends and supporters of the cause.

Individuals are invited to participate while companies are encouraged to put together teams of people to share in the fun for a great cause. Your financial gift can literally save lives and deliver cures.

To register, go to: Pre-race registrants, survivors, patients and donors will receive T-shirts. Those who cannot participate also are welcome to make a donation.